THE PASTOR'S KEYBOARD
By the time you are reading this we will be several days if not over a week into Lent. Not everyone or every church observes Lent… the 6 week period of preparation for Holy Week. But we at Mt Vernon recognize this most significant time in the Christian year with an Ash Wednesday observance and then several services during Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating with Easter.
Traditionally Lent has been accompanied by “fasting.” Fasting can mean sacrificing or giving up of certain things that are meaningful to you. Often its various foods, but it can be anything. I want to suggest something that you might consider this year. On Jesus’ last night before his arrest he ate with his closest friends in the world. As part of that evening he humbled himself and washed the feet of his followers. He went on to say in John 13 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
One of Jesus’ last messages to his followers is a message of “servanthood.” Servanthood requires sacrifice on behalf of the one doing the service. What if you set a goal during the remainder of Lent to witness and model “service” to others? What might that look like for you? How might that honor Jesus? How might that possibly change the life of someone? Yeah, I’m not sure either but I doubt that it will be a bad thing.
Maybe for just a few weeks we stop focusing on ourselves and those easy to serve. Maybe we look to serve others who really need it. Maybe…
5 WEEK LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
“What the Bible says about _______.”
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