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February 2015 Pastor's letter
Dear Fellow Followers of Jesus:
In the month of February this year we will begin to celebrate the season of Lent. According to the Holman Bible Dictionary, “LENT
(is an) English word (stemming from an Anglo-Saxon word for “spring” and related to the English word “lengthen”) that refers to the penitential period preceding Easter. Early Christians felt that the magnitude of the Easter celebration called for special preparation. As early as the second century, many Christians observed several days of fasting as part of that preparation. Over the next few centuries, perhaps in remembrance of Jesus’ fasting for 40 days in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1–2), 40 days became the accepted length of the Lenten season. Since, from the earliest years of Christianity, it had been considered inappropriate to fast on the day of the resurrection, Sundays were not counted in the 40 days. Thus, the Wednesday 46 days before Easter came to be regarded as the beginning of Lent.
“In the early centuries the season before Easter was also the usual period of intense training for new Christians. During this period, the catechumens (those learning what it meant to be Christians) went through the final stages of preparation for baptism, which usually occurred at dawn on Easter Sunday. As the practice of infant baptism increased, the emphasis on Lent as a training period decreased” Grissom, F. A.
(p. 1025).
This Lenten season on the Wednesdays of Lent we will be considering Bible passages that deal with Jesus Christ as the “Lamb of God,” who takes away the sin of the world. We remember our sins each Wednesday of Lent and we repent of our sins. We also give thanks to God for sending Jesus to be our
“sacrificial lamb” who died to deliver us from our sins.

In Jesus Christ’s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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