Lent is often understood to be a time of sacrifice as we contemplate the sacrifice of Christ at the cross. Certainly our focus at Lent is upon Jesus' journey to Jerusalem and the judgment of the cross. It is a season for us to acknowledge our rebellion against God that results in destruction and death. Yet the word Lent is an old one that means, 'Spring.'
Lent is a season for growth. The age old tradition of giving up something for Lent was not intended to mimic Christ's sacrifice, but to let go of things that keep us from grasping a hold of God's grace.
The emphasis on certain disciplines such as prayer, worship, service, and fasting were not intended for self-mortification, but to create a space in which we might live bigger than we have before. These are the seeds of a Kingdom-centered life.
The centrality of the cross is not simply a reminder of our inhumanity and the shame we inflicted upon the Christ, but to point us toward the truth that new life is only gained at the loss of the old. 'In Christ we are a new creation.'
Lent at Peace involves some changes in our worship on Sundays as well as the addition of Wednesday worship services. It began with ASH WEDNESDAY on March 5.
Throughout Lent we will have a Wednesday Service at 6:00 pm. We will have a series of reflections upon the story of the Prodigal Son shared by disciples of Peace. The service will conclude by 6:30 pm.