Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Since the third century this has been an important season in the church calendar. Historically, it’s been a time of preparation for baptism. It’s a time to develop habits which put off the old self and put on the new, living into our new identity in Christ.
This year during lent we’d like to develop habits of prayer and scripture memorization as a community. Each week there will be a small card in the worship folder. One side of the card has a prayer by our friend Marc Holland from City Life Church in Sacramento which can be prayed throughout the week. The other side has a verse to memorize from Psalm 100, a beautiful prayer which reminds us of who we are. By memorizing a verse each week, we’ll have the whole Psalm memorized by Easter.
The prayer and verse for this week are posted below.
You exist in a community of three, but you are incomparably united as one. We think we can go it alone, resisting all the valuable annoyances of being linked in community with others. Without others knowing me deeply, my spiritual life will have grotesque deformities. My blind spots will be my downfall. I won’t get grace. I look to your prayer: that I would be united with others like the Son is united with the Father. Show me one act of community I should pursue today. Amen.
Prayer by Marc Holland, City Life Church
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. – Psalm 100:1