Scripture: 1st John 1:8-10
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Thought for the Day: Tomorrow begins the season of Lent. We have an Ash Wednesday service at 6:45pm (opportunities to receive ashes in the chapel from 7-9am & 11am-1pm). Ash Wednesday is an invitation to reflection, confession and repentance. It is not about concerning ourselves with the sins and shortcomings of others. Lent provides us the opportunity to reflect inward, to ask ourselves the questions we may not have wished to ask, and to be aware of what the Spirit might be attempting to bring to our attention. The University of Houston author, Brené Brown, writes, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable…” This inward journey can be unnerving, even painful. Yet the risk is worth it.
Prayer: Bring me into this season, Merciful and Gracious God. Bring me into the season of Lent as one who is willing to risk the adventure of deep reflection and honest confession. Be the One who walks with me along this inward journey. I make these requests in the name of Jesus who lived a life of vulnerability and love. Amen.
TOMORROW – ASH WEDNESDAY
Ashes & Prayer in the Chapel
7-9am & 11am-1pm
Pancake Dinner in the Gym
Worship Service in the Centrum