Lent 2019: Unlocking Our Hearts

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The talk I have given at the last three Walk to Emmaus weekends is called “obstacles to Grace.” It’s about barriers we put up to block God’s Holy Spirit from flowing into our hearts and lives. Why’d we do that? Lots of reasons – all under the general heading of SIN.

Our Lent theme this year is designed to get us to take down those barriers, unlock those doors and open our eyes, hands, ears, hearts and lives to God’s love, mercy and power.

When it comes to living our Christian faith, it’s not as if we unlock one big door at a given moment in our lives, let Christ in, and Eureka! all is well between us and God from them on. Though our eternal salvation is assured through faith in Christ, conversion is a lifelong process of growing more and more into the person God created us to be. The Holy Spirit continually pries at our hidden chambers of resistance that might be buried so deep we don’t even know they are there. The Spirit is patient with us … one step at a time. Sometimes it’s hard to let go. Often, it takes something painful for us to grow. But whenever we open a door and let Christ in, we become a little stronger, wiser and truer to our real selves.

As we journey through Lent, be aware of places you are holding back from the light of Christ. As a reminder, we are giving everyone a key to carry with you throughout the season. When you see it hanging on your key chain or feel it in your pocket or purse, let it remind you to open your life to Jesus. On Good Friday (April 19) you will have an opportunity to bring your key back to church and hang it on a nail you pound into a rugged cross.

Wednesday Lenten Services

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 6, with a traditional service at 6:30 p.m. including imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

Each of the next five Wednesdays we will have supper at 5:30, coordinated by our Fellowship Team, followed by a 30- to 40-minute service beginning at 6:30. Themes and speakers are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 13: Open My Eyes, Lord. Speaker: Terry Pope
  • Wednesday, March 20: Open My Hands, Lord. Speaker: Dick Tabb
  • Wednesday, March 27: Open My Ears, Lord. Speaker: Bonnie Scranton
  • Wednesday, April 3: Open my Heart, Lord. Speaker: Martha Rapp
  • Wednesday, April 10: Open My Life, Lord. Speaker: Pastor Gayle

I pray you will give yourself to the journey, that your life as a disciple of Christ will grow deeper than ever.