Jon Moss – Pastor
Our Lenten Journey
As you have traveled on vacation, perhaps you have seen some memorials along the way. Some are obvious as to their purpose. Then there are others that when you see them, you’re not exactly sure what it’s all about.
In Joshua chapter 4, we see the Hebrews crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. The Lord tells Joshua to select 12 men, one from each of the 12 tribes, to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan. The stones are to be placed where they camped that first night on their way to Canaan. A strange memorial! A stack of twelve large stones stood in a heap.
Joshua left that stack of stones as a remembrance for generations to come, so that when children who were not even born would ask their parents, “What do these stones mean,” they would be told of God’s mighty acts and be encouraged to reverence Him forever.
We will in fact make our own stack of stones during Lent. Drawing on the imagery of rocks and stones used in scripture, the Lenten theme will center around the compelling metaphor of stones, but not just to remember. As we act upon the challenges we will be hearing as each week unfolds, we will look at our willingness to cast the stones away as representative of our sins. For seven weeks, we will be challenged to look at our own lives and, with the help of Christ, we will cast away our sins.
There will be cards available with all the topics and scriptures listed so you can read, reflect, and pray as part of your preparation for each worship service.
Join us this Lenten season on “A Journey of Stones.”