Message from Pastor AJ - Lent 2022
Life is hard. The pressures of family relationships, work, and adult responsibilities; the loss of health, job, loved ones; doubts, frustration, and struggles, can all be enough to knock us off our center even in the best of times. But over the past two years, we have been stretched even thinner throughout this Pandemic. For many, our patience is worn. Our grief is raw. Our center is hard to find.
But even during our hardest moments, our faith teaches us that there is always a center, a foundation, to which we can anchor ourselves. That’s why this Lent, we are focusing on practical spiritual practices that can be used even in the hardest times to help you find your center in God: ancient spiritual practices that still ground us in the realities of today. Prayers that are not hollow, but that speak to the heart of our needs, and actively bring us back to the center of God.
Every Sunday we will explore a different spiritual practice and then engage with that practice in worship, so that by the end of Lent, you will have five new spiritual practices that you can use in your daily life to find your center and grow in your walk with God.
In addition to these individual practices, we also invite you to join a Life Together group. Even though life can be hard, it becomes easier when we share our lives with people around us. Life Together groups are an opportunity to join a small group to share in life with one another, while we look for God’s presence in the midst of each person. We hope you will sign up for a Life Together group to journey with this Lent.
Even though life can sometimes knock us off center, we are not alone, and when we lean into our relationship with God, and with one another, we are better able to face whatever it is we are going through. Therefore, as we enter this season of Lent, I pray that we can journey together towards the heart of God, the center of our being, the one in whom our soul’s rest, as we find our Center.
Blessings to you in this Lenten Season