Greetings Bethel Family!!
As we embark on the season of Lent, I thought you should have some information to guide you during this period.
Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day. The period of forty days does not include Sundays (or the Sabbath). The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, giving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the tradition and events of the New Testament beginning on Good Friday, which ultimately culminates in the joyful celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. As with our beginning of the year fast, decide what you are going to give up for God and stick to it. Don't let anyone discourage you or tell you that you are doing it wrong. Just be faithful to what you promise to God and He will be pleased!! Since I will be away from Atlanta for 18 of the 40 days it will be nearly impossible for me to do a dietary fast this year; therefore, I will fast from electronic games and sweets. Let us pray for one another and the church every day at noon and watch God work!! He is able!!!
Check the Documents page to download a daily Lenten devotional to assist you during this period.
Please join us on March 5th for our annual Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m. and invite a friend!!!
Peace & Blessings!!!