Last week began the 40-day season of Lent with Ash Wednesday, where we come face to face with our disordered love of self and realize the sinfulness of our humanity. Our foreheads are crossed with ashes as we hear the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” reminding us of our mortality, and our ultimate and complete dependence upon God. The season of Lent is a journey with Jesus through temptation in the wilderness, through his life and ministry, and ultimately, to his death on the cross. We watch as Jesus says no to temptation and yes to the will of God; and as we journey through this season, we are encouraged to do likewise.
As we follow Jesus’ example, there are several practices in which we can engage and embody the season. We fast to let go of our appetites in order to seek God on matters of deep concern for others, ourselves, and the world. Fasting reveals the things that control us, and we take up new practices that draw us closer to God. We take time to pray, repent, and meditate on scripture. We may also practice almsgiving in tandem with our fasting so that we give to our neighbor in generosity as we forsake our selfish desires. In all of these, we don’t practice them for the sake of the practices themselves, but in order to aid our spiritual sojourn with Jesus to the cross.
How are you embodying this season? If you are planning to fast, how might you practice praying, meditating on scripture, or even almsgiving? At CWC, we are bringing Wednesday morning prayer practices back for Lent. These will occur every Wednesday from 7 am-7:30 am, beginning March 4 through April 1. We invite you to join us for prayerful times of listening for God’s voice, confessing with one another, and interceding for others.
We are preparing for our church’s local elections. Annually, CWC members vote for people to serve on the Local Board of Administration (LBA) for either the Elder Sub-Board or the Deacon Sub-Board, the Board of Trustees, the Nominating Committee, and as District Conference Delegates.
With just a few weeks left in our fiscal year (ending April 30, 2020), you can see we continue to be behind budget. While we are incredibly grateful and sincerely amazed at the generosity of so many in the What’s Next? Campaign, we want to encourage the regular, faithful giving of general tithes and offerings. We believe this type of faithful giving is part of the spiritual journey