The Lenten season starts this month with Ash Wednesday on March 6.Lent is the 40 day season preceding Easter.It is traditionally a time to focus on spiritual practices that deepen our faith in God who gives himself to us and for us that we might be freed from sin, death, and evil.There are three traditional faith practices of this season:prayer, fasting, and alms-giving.This year the midweek services will focus on the practice of prayer.Members of the congregation will share about their practices and experiences around daily prayer, praying for others, healing prayer, praying when you don’t know what to say, and praying without ceasing.Along with their meditations, we will have a “hand’s on” prayer experience each week.We will learn how to pray “A-C-T-S” prayers, light candles for others, be anointed for wholeness and blessing, learn about a labyrinth prayer, and living the Jesus Prayer.

We live because God has acted for us to shower us with grace, forgive us our sins, and breathe into us the breath of life.I encourage you to grow in your prayer life during this season leading up to Easter.

Members of the congregation — of all ages — have written a devotional booklet for your use.We also continue to have Christ in Our Home and Our Daily Bread devotionals available for your use.These devotionals are available year-round to use as tools for your prayer life.

Blessings on your Lenten journey.

Pastor Siri