Pastors Message

Reaching Out from

Grand Lake Community Chapel

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice that today is Ash Wednesday, a very special day in our journey towards the cross, and let us be glad that we are able to gather in worship to observe the beginning of a Holy Lent for all.

This evening, we will gather both at Grand Lake Community Chapel and Westminster Presbyterian Church for simple, but very meaningful services, during which we will impose ashes on the foreheads (or back of hands) of those who choose to participate in this ancient act of penitence and remembrance that begins the Lenten Season.  The 40 days that follow, not including Sundays, are intended to give us time and space to make ourselves spiritually ready for Easter; how you choose to observe this season is entirely up to you.  You can add things to your daily routine that will help sharpen your focus on the Divine, or you can remove things from your daily routine that distract you from focusing on the Divine; regardless, we urge you to focus on the Divine in a more intentional way during these 40 days.

If you are able to join us in worship this Ash Wednesday, we invite you to think of the ashes that are surrounding our Ukrainian brothers and sisters this day, as their nation is being laid waste by missiles and bombs for absolutely no reason.  As Ukrainian cities burn to ashes, let us be filled with the flames of the Holy Spirit urging us to lend assistance to the Ukrainian people in whatever way we can – including our fervent prayers for peace.

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Greg

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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