Bishop’s Lenten Letter

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During the Season of Lent we keep our eyes focused on our Lord’s passion and death as we prepare ourselves for the Feast of the Resurrection. We walk with Jesus as He goes to Jerusalem. We see what He went through “for us and for our salvation.” We see the magnitude of His sacrifice and experience the depth of His love.

cheap air max On Ash Wednesday, the Church invites the faithful to the observance of a holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.

Self-examination calls us to set aside time to evaluate our lives as Christians. Repentance requires that we be honest with God and with ourselves about those areas of our lives that do not reflect God’s plan and purpose for our lives. When these areas are identified our prayer becomes that we desire by the power of the Holy Spirit that these areas of our lives be changed.

Let us develop the discipline to read and meditate daily on a portion of Scripture. Let God’s word find a place in our hearts and minds and apply what we read to our daily lives.

As we pray the Daily Offices, let’s remember to listen to the “still, small voice of God.” God always has something more He wants us to know about Him and about ourselves.

This Lent let us look for ways to share our faith with those in our lives who do not know about God’s love for them in Christ. And think about those who know Jesus but who are not connected with a worshiping and serving community of believers. Lift those people in prayer and think about inviting them to come with you to Church.

Finally, start each day by asking a question. “Lord, how may I serve You today?”

Wishing you a holy Lent, I am faithfully yours,

Bishop Bill Ilgenfritz

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