West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 04, 2020

From the Pastor’s Desk

In the Ash Wednesday service in our Book of Worship there is an Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline. There Lent in the early church is described as follows: “….a forty-day season of spiritual preparation. During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church. In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the need we all have to renew our faith.” (Book of Worship, p. 323)


Lent is all about God’s grace and mercy. Too often we have thought of Lent as a somber and dark season when we beat on ourselves for being such awful sinners. But the real focus of Lent is not on us but on God. We focus on God’s forgiveness and grace, on proclaiming that whatever we have done in the past, God stands ready to forgive us and to welcome us. It’s not about us and our sins; it’s about God and God’s mercy.


During Lent, which began on February 26, our church will offer many opportunities for us to encounter God’s grace in a new way. Some of you came to our Ash Wednesday service on February 26.In addition to our Sunday morning worship services, during Lent we will have Lenten Suppers on Wednesday nights (see the separate article in this newsletter). During Holy Week we will have the Senior Choir cantata on Palm Sunday (April 5), Holy Thursday Service on April 9 and our Good Friday Service on April 10, both at 7:30 p.m.


May we all know God’s forgiveness and grace in this holy season.

Reverend Mack