Bishop Dan Edwards made his annual visit to St. Timothy’s on Sunday March 2, 2014. It was a glorious and lively day. The Bishop confirmed three young people, received the renewal of ordination vows from Deacon John and Mother Lewis, and shared coffee hour time with parishioners. He also met with the vestry to encourage […]
The Vestry of St. Timothy’s attended a luncheon and retreat on Sunday March 16, 2014 to set a foundation of prayer and planning for the journey forward. We decided that, among other things, the vestry’s work will be grounded in prayer and spiritual growth by opening each meeting with one member contributing a reflection, prayers, […]
Deacon John Jordan is leading a Lenten Bible study using the Kerygma program for reflection on the Lenten portions of music from Handel’s Messiah. The group meets at the church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays until April 8, 2014. All are welcome.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:16
"Whenever you fast, do not look dismal". Lent is not supposed to be dismal. It is, however, supposed to be a holy time. There is no rule that says anyone must be miserable during Lent. The whole point of any observance of Lent is not to make us unhappy, but rather it is to create a space where God may dwell more fully. At St. Timothy's we began making room for God at the Ash Wednesday liturgy. During that time, we prayed in silence and also received ashes as a sign of repentance. We made our confession and received communion. And now, we have some time before Easter to practice holiness daily.
The Church commends the weekdays of Lent as times of "special devotion", as an observance of bodily discipline as well as a spiritual one. The beauty of Lent is that every person gets to choose what is right and meaningful for themselves. Some people choose fasting, some choose extra spiritual reading, or more frequent prayer, or doing community service, or actually going to church every week. Whatever we choose, God honors that as an offering of ourselves. Jesus told his disciples to do these things without fanfare, and with a sense of holy joy.
Lent is not a time to be dismal or unhappy. It is a time of joyful dedication and anticipation of a closer walk with God. Let us all pray that we might see our Lord face to face more fully as we await the day of Resurrection.