“Lent is an occasion for us to journey with Christ … into tomorrow. For you never walk with Christ long but what the dawn breaks, the sun shines and hope breaks through.” – C. Neil Straight
Lenten fish banks
Church customs are reformed and re-imagined. One practice of observing Lent is to take something away in order to bring more focus to blessings, and to make a concerted effort to hold onto the presence of God in a tangible way. If the goal is to regain focus on God’s presence and blessings one can also add something new during the 40 days of Lent. Mission and Stewardship is passing out Church World Service fish banks. There are plenty for our children, your grandchildren and yourselves. Accumulating coins for the fish banks may be something you would like to add to your Lenten practices this year. But there is more!
The Power of One a Day
Another Lenten practice of adding something to your discipleship rather than removing something from your diet or entertainment may be to donate to the church’s Power of One campaign. For years Park Church has challenged all participants to make a pledge and then, each week, add $1 in addition to your pledge so we can all see the power 1 can make. For Lent you may choose to accept the challenge of One a Day for every day of Lent. All loose change in the offering trays go to the Power of One collection, which augments our church budget. As a Lenten practice, consider adding $1 for each day of Lent to the loose change each week. Watch the number increase in the insert under Church Financial Information, under Power of One.
As we enter the journey of Lent together, remember 1 John 1:16
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
To love is to take a risk –
“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Love comes to those who still hope even though they’ve been disappointed, to those who still believe even though they’ve been betrayed, to those who still love even though they’ve been hurt before.” – Author unknown