The early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation.
During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church. In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.
At City Road Chapel we offer a variety of ways to renew our faith in a special way during this season. Of course, all are invited and encouraged to participate in worship each Sunday, which are considered “little Easters” in anticipation of the coming celebration on Easter Sunday. All are called to acts of service, and we have several different ways that you can offer God’s love to others. As for growing in our faith, there are three options for this year’s season:
Every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. two adult age classes gather at the church for study and sharing about the journey of faith. All are welcome to check out these classes, which offer a great chance to dig deeper into the scriptures.
Wednesday Lenten Study
This year our pastor, Jay Voorhees, is offering a live online time of study and reflection focusing on the New Testament texts assigned during this season. The class begins March 9 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To access the class by video go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88915209470?pwd=VE0vd2V5QUNKMnRKd05XQ0l0Nnk3QT09
To access via phone, dial 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID: 889 1520 9470
and the Passcode: 055630
Walking in the Way of Jesus
Throughout much of the pandemic, Pastor Jay offered a weekly podcast working through the Gospel of Mark. Each 7-8 minute episode includes the reading of a passage from Mark, and a short reflection regarding that passage. Starting on Ash Wednsday, March 2, Jay picked up with the final chapters of the book, focused on the passion story of Jesus. Click here to check out Walking in the Way.
May you have a blessed Lenten season as we prepare for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.