21 Feb 2021
Dear church family
In the Church calendar, Ash Wednesday falls on 17 February this year, which marks the beginning of the LENT season. At the Ash Wednesday church service, the priest places some ash on our foreheads and says “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19b), signifying that our bodies are frail and mortal. This past one year of Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of our human mortality.
LENT is a 40-day season of reflection, repentance and restoration. Theliturgical colour is purple, signifying penitence and mourning. It is a time of deep spiritual reflection and honest heart-searching repentance. It is a season when we give ourselves fully and devotedly to grow in Christlikeness. This growth in Christlike character requires spiritual disciplines in extended times of fasting, praying and reading the Scriptures.
The Scriptures teach us about the holy God’s wrath and hatred of sin, but also of his faithful great love for the sinner.Because of our Abba Father’s love, He sent his beloved Son Jesus Christ to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. During Lent, we focus on Jesus Christ, his obedience to his Father and his journey to the cross.
Because of sin, man has fallen short of the glory of God and destined for a spiritual death. But thanks be to God for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ, we are set free from our bondage to sin and death. In Christ, we are a new creation and have a new life in Him. At the church services during Lent, we recite the ten commandments to remind us of our discipleship walk in full obedience to our Abba Father in newness of life.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12