Lent normally begins in the month of February but this year does not start until March 6th. You might be interested to know that Ash Wednesday is always set forty six days before Easter which is pre-set on the calendar, but do you know how that date is determined?
Hoyt Hickman in a Primer for Church Worship explains “you may have wondered why Easter falls on a different date each year. Like the Jewish Passover, it is determined by the phases of the moon. Early Christians debated the proper date for the Pascha and agreed in the fourth century that it, unlike the Jewish Passover, must always be celebrated on Sunday so that the weekly and yearly celebrations of Jesus’ resurrection reinforce each other. Easter in Western Europe came to be observed on the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the first day of spring, which can place Easter as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th. This is how Roman Catholics and Protestants still date Easter.” This year, Easter falls on April 21st.
During this year’s 40 days of Lent, we will focus on the Gospel of Mark. Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday services on March 6th at 6am, 12pm, and 6pm. On March 7th, Shalimar will begin hosting a 40-day Mark Bible Study. This will occur each day in the Sanctuary at 6am (9am Saturdays and Sundays normal worship times). Workbooks will be available to help you stay on track by reading and reflecting on the Gospel of Mark during this 40-day journey. We hope you will add Lenten Commitments to your schedule so each day can begin with 40 days of Bible Study Through the Eyes of Mark. Livestream sessions will be available, so you can participate no matter where you are each day.
The Lenten Sermon series will also focus on the Gospel of Mark. Among many of Jesus’ teachings, we will preach on announcing His Kingdom and teaching, faith, miracles, rebuking evil, and humility. Our community and church will be transformed as we open the pages and focus on these teachings from the Gospel.
Make plans now to be present and participate in this Lenten Study of the Gospel of Mark!