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Unfiltered Lent

Reflection and Preparation for Our Times

The Lenten Season lies just before us. Lent is a time to reflect on Jesus’s sacrifice through preparing ourselves, body-mind-soul, for Easter. The season’s 40 day arc is marked with its beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, and its conclusion on Maundy Thursday, March 6th.

This brief span, 8.3% of the calendar, when spent in reflection and preparation holds promise for producing outsized results far greater than imagined.

-Reflection changes thought.

-Changed thought results in different actions.

-Different actions produce new outcomes.

-New outcomes can make for new creation.

First Christian Church will be hosting Lenten Walk 2023. The Walk will meet Wednesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. from February 22nd - March 5th.

Methodist bishop Dr. William Willimon, Dir. of the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School, will be the guide along our journey. His work “Sinning Like a Christian” is the primary resource during the walk. It is available in both paperback and e-book formats: ISBN 13: 9781426758232.

Regarding “Sinning Like a Christian”, Maggie Boyd offers, “If you are interested in a book which does your thinking for you, you won't find it here. “

Following each week’s session, light refreshment will be provided for those who would like to stay after to play some bridge, other cards, cribbage or bunco.

I look forward to walking through Lenten reflections and preparations alongside all who come along for the journey.

-Reverend Colby Smith


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