Season of Lent
The Lenten season is now upon us. The season of Lent is a time of sober reflection on sinful human nature and our own sins. Lent lasts 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 6 this year). The 40 day period is symbolic of many things.
- Moses & Elijah spent forty days in the wilderness
- Noah had rain for forty days and forty nights
- The Jews wondered forty years to the promised land
- Jonah gave the city of Nineveh forty days to repent
- Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness with temptation
Lent, like every other season of the church calendar, calls us to join in this spiritual pilgrimage. The practice of fasting (or “giving something up”) during Lent is not required for Lutherans because it is not commanded in Holy Scripture. We do encourage our members to dedicate the six weeks of Lent to examining themselves to see the depths of their sinful state. This is so that they gain a deeper understanding of the great love God the Father has for us in that He did not spare His Only Begotten Son, but gave Him freely as the atoning sacrifice for our sin.
We call upon our people to examine themselves, their thoughts (which are continually evil), words (which are void of God’s words), and deeds (which are always rooted in selfishness) and to repent of our sinful ways. “A broken and contrite heart, Thou will not despise.” As we enter this season our Lord Christ is calling us again and saying, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Above all we call upon the children of God, those looking for true Christian worship and real Christian piety, to worship the Lord faithfully by attending services, reflecting more deeply on sin, hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and receiving the God the Father’s forgiveness. For it is only in and through the church that God distributes His grace and the remission of sins.
Please consider joining us for Lent. Lenten Vespers are each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
526 E. Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611
Our church is located at 526 E Washington St in East Peoria, and Divine Service with Holy Communion is at 9:00 AM every Sunday. We hope to see you there!
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