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March 9, 2014
Hold that Thought…
A LENTEN LOOK AT THE LORD’S PRAYER
In case you have not looked closely at your calendar lately, let me point out that Easter is late this year. In fact, it is almost as late as it can ever be. Easter is a moveable feast, which means that its date is not set on the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325 AD) developed a complicated formula (based on the lunar calendar) for our annual celebration. If you want to impress your friends, tell them that Easter begins “on the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox.” If you cannot remember that fact every year (I had to look it up, as well!), then maybe it is easier simply to note that the date varies from March 22 to April 25. This year we will have to wait until April 20 to hold the celebration.
In keeping with an emphasis on prayer during the Season of Lent, we will focus our worship around The Lord’s Prayer. Each week we will offer sermons on these familiar words of Christ, connecting each phrase with other well-known scriptures. You are invited to use this series as encouragement to pray for those persons in our care, the personal challenges we face in our lives, and the tensions so evident throughout our world today. May the practice of prayer prepare our hearts to receive our risen Lord. In addition, devotion booklets on the Lord’s Prayer will be available for daily meditations.
Dr. John C. Brearley
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