Lent is a season of introspection. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (not counting Sundays), culminating on Easter Sunday. It is a time of preparation for that great celebration. The number of days calls to mind the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. As we make our way closer to Easter, Christians are urged to look within themselves and acknowledge our failings. In recognizing and seeking forgiveness for these sins, we accept the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross at Calvary. While the six Sundays during this season are to remain days of celebration, our services will take on a more subdued feel as we share together in this preparation. The church is adorned with the color purple, a color associated with mourning, and also the color of royalty, calling to mind the purple robe placed on Jesus before he was crucified. During this time there will not be flowers displayed in worship and certain music elements will be omitted. We encourage you to use this season as a time to reflect on your personal walk. We invite you to make our time of corporate worship during these six weeks a priority as we anticipate together our celebration of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection.