Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the official start to a season of repentance, reflection, and fasting commonly called Lent. Crew is in!
Ash Wednesday gets its name from the fact that worshippers will place ashes on their foreheads in the shape of a cross as a sign of repentance. We’ll worship tonight from 6-8pm at the Renaissance Ballroom (where the Treehouse meets).
Lent literally means spring in English which is a spin off of an Anglo Saxon word for the month of March. The early Christians would spend an extended season of time, around 40 days, to prepare their hearts and lives to embrace all that Easter has to offer. Most of that time happened in March and so it’s called Lent. That’s really not all that important but if I didn’t tell you would have asked and so there you go.
We’re going to put into our worship schedule, extra gathering (other than Sundays), daily lent readings, fasting, and celebrations that facilitate a gradual heightening of expectation for Easter and an acute awareness and sensitivity to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will intensely immerse ourselves in what Jesus has done and is doing in the lives of his people at Crew. It will all culminate and climax Easter Week as we worship and gather together every night from Wed-Easter Sunday.
Check the website for dates, daily reading plan, and events.
The goal isn’t self loathing or impressing God with abasement. It’s Philippians 3:8-10:
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.