What makes a church for you? Is it a sense of family? Is it the charisma of the pastor? Is it the style of music or the competency of the musicians? Is it the buzz that comes with being part of a crowd like you? Or is it something else?
St. Luke defines the original Church after its birth on Pentecost Sunday with these words: “They continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Notice what makes a church part of the true Church. Not a sense of family, not a charismatic pastor, not music or musicians, not anything other than the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread, and the prayers!
The season of Lent, a forty-day season (not counting Sundays), began on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Lent, which means “spring”, is a time to prepare the unbaptized for Holy Baptism at the Easter Vigil on the Saturday night before Easter (April 20), and it’s a time for the baptized to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the heart of the Christian faith, the death and resurrection of God’s incarnate Son Jesus.
Lent is derived from the forty-day fast that God’s Son Jesus observed in the wilderness where he successfully resisted the devil’s tempting. Most Christians observe Lent as a time for prayer and fasting, a time of letting go of favorite sins in order to be filled with Scripture and teaching.
Whether you are baptized or not, we invite you to keep a holy Lent with us, a season set apart for greater closeness with the Lord of the Church, who feeds every worshiper with the Word of God and feeds the penitent baptized with His true Body and most precious Blood (the breaking of the bread at the heart of the Church’s life together).
I also invite you to read daily stories in my blog about some unsung saints, now with the Lord, who shaped my faith and life.
Thanks for stopping by!
Pastor Sam Zumwalt+