Reflections on Lent

 In Pastor's Message

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about the liturgical season of Lent.  As one who grew up in a Southern Baptist family, liturgical seasons were new to me when I arrived at Stetson University as a church music major.  However, I took to the liturgical calendar very early because it offered me new opportunities to do something about my faith.  It offered me more than simply showing up at the church building every time the doors were open.  So Lent is one of those seasons I enjoy.


Every year people ask me what they should give up for Lent.  Perhaps it is because I grew up outside this tradition, but for me, rather than giving something up like chocolate, coffee, desserts, etc., I encourage people to take on some new and wonderful spiritual practice.  This brief video illustrates what I mean – check it out. Positive Lent. I hope you will consider it, remember it and try on some of the ideas.  Let me know how it goes.  I look forward to hearing from you.


One opportunity for our Lenten Observance at Holy Cross MCC of Pensacola is our Wednesday evening prayer services, the first of which happened last night during our Ash Wednesday Service.  Here is the schedule for the remainder of the Wednesday’s in Lent:


February 17        6:30PM                 Meditation and Prayer

February 24        6:30PM                 Prayer “Cares and Concerns” with potluck dinner sponsored by

STRIVE (our Trans Affinity Group)

March 2                6:30PM                 Prayer with Rev-Elect Jes Morgan

March 9                6:30PM                 Old Fashioned Prayer Meeting

March 16              6:30PM                 Cooking Meditation  RSVP 20 max. $5.00. See the pastor if                                                                                           unable to contribute $5.00. Plan for 2 hours.

I hope you will find these meaningful to your Lenten experience this year.


As special word of gratitude goes to our new Special Events Team for the wonderful Mardi Gras Party we enjoyed last Friday evening.  Every person I’ve spoken with has expressed their gratitude for the food, fun and fellowship we enjoyed together.  This new team is off to a stellar start and we look forward to the events they will provide for our community all year long.


Finally, thanks to all of you who have been praying for my mother during the week of her surgery.  She’s doing really well and is scheduled for discharge from the hospital very soon (probably before you receive this edition of The GEM).  I very much appreciate being part of a praying church.  As my friend and Spiritual Director The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish writes, “A praying church is a blessed church.”  May God bless you all through this week.  I look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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