The season of Lent always prepares for us for Jesusâ€™ sacrifice on Good Friday with somewhat somber scripture texts and songs. It is a long six-week journey which brings us to that finally joyful day of Easter. However, during these six weeks, or rather forty days, we are required to take account of our lives and our faith. And these forty days provide ample opportunity to examine ourselves.
You might be wondering: why 40 days? Because Jesus fasted and was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Lent, then, is our time of fasting, prayer, temptation and repentance. Lent is not required anywhere in scriptures, but it has been a custom, which Christians have practiced for most of the last two thousand years. There are other customs such as stripping the sanctuary of all flowers, candles, and colors during Lent. We generally do this on Maundy Thursday when we cover everything with black cloths. In any case, any of these customs help us to turn inward and examine ourselves, even as it reminds us of the dark and colorless Sabbath day when Jesus lay dead in the tomb.
We do want to celebrate Lent with all of these customs and introspection, but we also want to provide some interesting stimulus in worship which would unite these six Sundays thematically. Therefore, the Christian Ed. Committee has prepared a short skit with the kids, which will be played in installments. Every Sunday during the Lenten Season, another scene will be presented of the play Virgil’s First Easter, by Eddie McPherson – a comedy for the Lenten season. Of course, for those of you who don’t make it to church every Sunday, there will be a very short summary of the previous weeks. We think that this play offers some thought provoking and yet, humorous way of reflecting Jesusâ€™ sacrifice for us and why we follow him. Donâ€™t miss the opening scene on February 10th.