With Christmas still a not-so-faint reflection in our rear view mirror, we already look to the reason for His coming. We set aside a particular time for repentance and reflection on our Lord’s suffering, and the importance it holds for us as believers. Remembering His 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and price that Jesus paid for us on the cross, we set aside the 40 days preceding Easter. Those 40 days, the season of Lent, will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, and we’ll mark it here at Mt. Olive, as is fitting and proper, with coming together as family to worship. Doing so helps to set our hearts in the right direction. And, as always, when we come together to worship as a whole family, we are all built up in the faith (Hebrews 10: 24, 25)! Plan to worship with our Mt. Olive family every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. during Lent.
As you and your family prepare for the coming Lenten season, we want to offer resources to help you make this season one of deep meaning for your entire family. For a background on Lent, and the reasons we observe it, please refer to the following link: http://bit.ly/23tM8yM. In addition, “Family Faith Builders,” a resource for whole family participation in the home, will be sent home with the Sunday School students, and is also available on the bulletin board in the welcome area. Family Faith Builders offer suggestions to help your family focus on different aspects of Jesus’ life, with application for the Christian life. You’ll find a variety of Scriptural-based activities to encourage and empower you as you lead your family.
I strongly encourage you to pick one up for your family and implement those activities that will enhance your family’s worship during this season. Take one to share with a friend as well! There is no more powerful tool for building your child’s faith life than what happens in the home (Proverbs 22:6). Parents, your time is so limited, I know, but this will be time well invested in nurturing your child’s faith life. God bless you as you grow in grace together!
~ Jeannie Newton