Lent – Ash Wednesday and Snow Hill

In anticipation of our Ash Wednesday/Lent Service, you may want to read Joel Willits “Invitation to Lent.” Dr. Joel Willitts (Ph.D. Cambridge University) is Associate Professor in Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University as well as College Pastor at Christ Community Church. He has a wide breadth of experience within both the church and academia. He is married to Karla and they have young twins.He has been reading the late Robert Webber’s, Ancient Future Time. A good read.

Webber’s says summarizes this Lenten spirituality well:


The Lenten journey is a baptismal spirituality. It is rooted in repentance and conversion, the putting off of the old life and the putting on of the new. Contrary to the opinion of some, this movement from one condition to another is not necessarily a punctilious experience, although there is a point of beginning. Rather, it is a continuous action, a constant turning away from sin toward God throughout one’s entire life. Lent is the primary season for this dynamic of baptismal spirituality. Lent orders our spirituality back to its beginnings, back to the basics of repentance and faith. Luther captured the meaning of Lenten spirituality when he called upon his followers to “live in your baptism”. To live in one’s baptism is to be continually renewed by the commitment of our original spiritual experience.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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