Have you ever given up something for Lent? For 40 days that begin on Ash Wednesday and continue until just before Easter Sunday, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to prepare for easter and replicate the 40 day journey of Jesus in the wilderness.
We see Lent as an opportunity to release ourselves or give ourselves up to benefit others. We're looking at Giving Out and practicing the kind of heroic generosity the very first Christians were known for. Despite significant persecution they made significant sacrifices to make sure others had what they needed. That's what a hero is after all - someone who willingly gives up or sacrifices the comfort of their own life in some way to benefit another. Heroic Generosity is an opportunity in simple ways to take risks, express our love for God and show others what His kingdom is like and that it is near!
As part of our commitment to our neighbourhoods and communities in the effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, we continue to adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from federal and provincial governments so all planned events, small groups and Sunday gatherings, are cancelled until further notice. We are implementing some new ways of engaging with one another online. Our goal is to stay connected relationally and spiritually, while keeping necessary and wise physical distance for now.
Let’s continue to live out God's love as the church in our communities and to one another. Showing kindness and caring for the needs of others, let’s reach out to support and encourage, praying daily for our neighbours, those on the front lines in healthcare, government leadership and each other.
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