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In March, we turn to the most solemn period of the Church year in which we prepare ourselves for the death of Our Savior Jesus Christ on Good Friday and His resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday. Lent is a period of thoughtful introspection of our lives, our behavior, and our relationship to others. It is a solemn, but not gloomy, time for we have faith that those who repent of their sins, love and serve God, believe in Christ, and love their neighbors will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. On Ash Wednesday, we receive the mark of the cross in ashes on our foreheads administered by the ancient formula "Remember O man that thou art dust, and unto dust shalt thou return (Gen. 3:19b)." This action reminds us that the wages of sin is death. If we are truly honest with ourselves, we will recognize that "We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done. And there is no health in us (1928 Book of Common Prayer, p.6)."

In Christian worship, however, we have abiding hope. Sin does not have the final word, even here, when our doom is being pronounced on us as descendants of a fallen Adam. As St. Paul says, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Cor. 15:21-22)." If we are descendants of Adam, we are also men and women for whom the Son of God became man, died, and rose again. So we have hope that by the grace and mercy of God we will receive eternal life as adopted children of God.

In Lent, we seek solitude to pray and to be in the presence of God. We fast to increase our awareness of the love of God for us and to give thanks for his many blessings to us. And we perform acts of charity that express love for our neighbors. These actions are beautifully summed up in "A General Thanksgiving" recited each day in the services of Morning and Evening prayer: "We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. (1928 Book of Common Prayer, p. 19)."

We pray that our brothers and sisters in Charlestown have a blessed Lententide.

March Calendar

Sundays
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Wednesdays
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Bible Study (Jesus and the Gospels)
6:00 p.m. Bible Study (New Testament letters)

Wednesday, March 1 Ash Wednesday
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer with imposition of ashes
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with imposition of ashes

Saturday, March 25. Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

For more information, please call The Rev. David Moody at 603-835-7900 or email dwmoody@beaverwood.com.