[x_custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h1″]Lent is a journey[/x_custom_headline]

It begins with ashes on our foreheads.  It ends at the foot of an empty cross and before a tomb with a stone that has been rolled away. The time between is in invitation to grow and reflect upon how God is at work in our lives. It is a time of preparation; a time of equipping. The disciplines of Lent support our growth toward maturity in Christ Jesus.

In classical Greek, the root word for “equip” (katartizo) describes the task of a doctor. A doctor “equips” a body that is broken. Equipping is fixing the broken and restoring it into right relationship with the rest of the body. Whether it’s setting a bone back together or popping a shoulder back into place, the doctor treats each individual part while simultaneously seeing the whole.

[x_blockquote cite=”Isaiah 58:12″ type=”left”]”Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will rise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”[/x_blockquote]

This is the equipping nature of Lent. The great physician is working on us to bring us back together. It is a season of restoration. It’s a journey of shalom to be who and how God made us. This is Isaiah’s prophecy. The Lord Jesus is coming to repair our brokenness.
The rhythm of Lent includes our Sunday Worship and our Wednesday worship services. This space will provide further tools. Like marks on a path through the woods–you are free to go your own way. Explore and experience God’s restoration throughout this season. But, in case you get lost, come and find us here. Let us help point you the right direction.

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Pastor Scott Ness

Pastor Scott Ness loves stories and finding ways to use ordinary, everyday life to point to our amazing God. He strives to see with eyes of faith. He fails consistently. Through it all, God remains faithful and full of grace. When Pastor Scott isn't running around the church he is often found at home with his wife, Deanna and their six children.