MID-WEEK MESSAGE 2/7
First of all, thank you for your generosity in donating to this year’s SouperBowl of Caring! We surpassed our goal of 600 cans (with a total of 612) that will all go to RCS Food Bank right here in Clearwater.
We also wrapped up our When Christians Disagree series with a look at how Christians tend to view Jesus differently. We all want Jesus to be on our team—to believe and act like we do. But the reality is, he’s not supposed to be created in our image. We are supposed to be created in his. Our Scripture for Sunday was the two greatest commandments given by Jesus, to love God and to love others (Matthew 22:36-40). We discussed how all of us have a tendency to gravitate toward some of parts of Jesus but not others, and the need to follow both of these greatest commandments.
If you missed the message or want to pass it along to someone, you can find the audio recording at www.skycrest.net/resources
I hope to see you next Sunday at 9:45 a.m. or 11a.m.!
LENT AND EASTER FAQ’s
What is Easter?
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What is Lent?
Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation leading up to Easter. The word Lent simply comes from an Old English word for springtime.
How long is Lent?
Lent lasts 40 days, minus Sundays, leading up to Easter. This reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for ministry, and the 40 years the Israelites spent in the wilderness preparing to enter the Promised Land.
Why does it seem like Lent and Easter are always moving around on the calendar?
Because they are! The date of Easter is set by the lunar calendar; it falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. It can move from late March to late April. This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 1.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which this year is February 14. On Ash Wednesday, Christians receive the symbol of ashes on their forehead or hand in the shape of a cross. Ashes are an ancient biblical symbol of mourning and repentance. Ash Wednesday is a time to reflect on our sorrow over our sins, our mortality, and our need for the grace that Easter will bring.
What other holidays fall during Lent?
Palm Sunday is one Sunday prior to Easter; it commemorates Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday prior to Easter; it commemorates Jesus’ final night with his disciples. Good Friday, 3 days before Easter, commemorates Jesus’ death on the cross.
You can find our full schedule of Lent and Easter worship opportunities here.