First Sunday of Lent

imageWe began the season of Lent with different decorations and symbols in the sanctuary.  We have a green plant instead of a flower, symbolizing our waiting for new life in Christ at Easter.  Also, we have six candles for each Sunday of Lent.  Each Sunday, a candle is extinguished, to symbolize Jesus’ journey to the cross.

image As the candle is extinguished, we read some verses from the last week of Jesus’ life.  This week:  ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!’ (Matthew 23:37)

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