Lenten Message from the Rector 2021
Dear faithful members of ACPC,
As we prepare to enter the Season of Lent, we are wary of the events and all we have had to give up over this past year. It has been a year like no other, one that has tested us in every way. As we prepare our hearts to enter this penitential season we may wonder if anything new can be born from this pandemic.
Lent means springtime, it is a season of renewal and hope. We need hope now more than ever to help us face the challenges of these days. During Lent we may be tempted to focus on the negative – on all we have had to give up – but that is not the focus. It is a time to be filled with Jesus through the acts of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer over the forty-day period will help keep our hearts focused on the lord.
As we continue to find ourselves living amid a pandemic, we recognize the many opportunities for almsgiving. WE are encouraged to be especially aware of our neighbors this Lent, to reach out to those who are isolated and in need of companionship offering help and support, a kind word, or a good deed. Our greatest vocation is to love God and to love our neighbor, and in this way, we become signs of the new springtime Christ has promised.
Lent as a time to grow closer to him to our Lord, and to each other, as we journey together towards the cross and the glorious resurrection. I pray you all have a blessed Lent and Holy Lent, a time of renewal and hope for the healing of the world.
Rev. Darlene +