Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

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What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent is a season of forty days that begins this year on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (also known as Ash Wednesday), and ends the day before Easter (Saturday, March 31, 2018), sometimes known as “Easter Eve” or “Holy Saturday”.  The 6 Sundays during the Lent Season are not counted in the forty days.  The last week of Lent is known as Holy Week and includes Good Friday (March 30, 2018), where Christians celebrate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  The forty days represents the time Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness (after his baptism), enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.  
 
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter (Sunday, April 1, 2018).  Easter Sunday is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  During this time, many Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s 40 day journey.

We hope that you will join us for Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, Feb. 14th @ 6 pm. The service will be held at Grace and Peace Community UMC, (Rev. Zelphia Mobley, Pastor) located at 451 Kennett, Pontiac MI 48340. Tel. 248-334-3280. Following Ash Wednesday service, a Bible Study will continue each Wednesday Feb 21-Mar 14, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.) This Lenten Bible Study series  is entitled: 

 Sketches of Jesus’ Journey from Baptism to Crucifixion and Resurrection

Each Bible Study will open with a brief devotion by Bible study participants, followed by an overview of the evening’s study questions. The questions for each Bible Study will be posted on St. John’s website (stjohnumcpontiac.org), one week prior to the meeting times. Participants will break up into small groups and focus on the questions.  Following small group discussion sessions, I will engage group participants in a discussion on the scripture and the questions provided. Everyone will have the opportunity to express his or her perceptions and aspirations.  All are welcome. This will be a season for great spiritual Growth.  Get your Growth on at St. John UMC. 

Rev. Dr. Lester Mangum