Ash Wednesday, 17th February, marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the church calendar.
Quite a change of pace!
Not long ago we knelt around the manger in the starlight, marvelling at the glory of God revealed in a gurgling baby; we sang songs inspired by angels and celebrated with gifts that glittered and glowed and surrounded us with fragrance and comfort. Now we walk with Jesus ‘the road marked with suffering’, from His baptism by John in the Jordan River to his eventual crucifixion at Golgotha and, finally, reach the awesome truth of resurrection on Easter Sunday.
All this sounds wonderful but I am sick, poor, unemployed, homeless, angry, afraid, unworthy ……….
Does this have anything to do with my life here, in South Africa, in the 21st Century?
Can this make any difference in my day of deadlines and traffic jams, corruption, unfair practice and plain old evil?
Paul encourages Timothy to take his spiritual development seriously: “Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.” (1 Timothy 4 : 8) and Lent offers us 40 days to adopt a new regime. We will be following a Sermon Series called, “Surveying The Cross”. The sermon series (outlined below) will bring you face to face with Jesus on the cross and all this can mean for your life. For an in-depth exploration of how this can change your life in 2010 there will be a mid-week bible study/small group experience, led by James, where you can set aside the time to seek God’s will, ask questions, request prayer, set goals or simply enjoy the company of those on a similar road to you. You are encouraged to include a friend or loved one on your pilgrimage – invite someone you care about, who doesn’t already know God or who has fallen out of fellowship, to be part of our services as well as the mid-week studies during this time.
SURVEYING THE CROSS – A Sermon Series
Sunday Services take place at 08h30, 09h45 and 18h30
The mid-week studies are on the following Wednesday at o9h00 or Thursday from 19h00 – 20h30
Sunday 21st Feb – The cross: a place of fear? How can I live victoriously in a culture of fear?
Sunday 28th Feb – The cross: A place of new beginnings. How can I really leave my burdens at the foot of the cross?
Sunday 7th March – The cross: A place of direction. At the cross-roads – knowing God’s direction for my life.
Sunday 14th March – the cross: A place for living. How can spilt blood be life-giving? (Communion)