POINT PLEASANT — The Annual Lenten Luncheon Series in Point Pleasant returns Ash Wednesday, which is fast approaching, as is Easter which falls this year on March 27.
The first luncheon will take place at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Viand Street. The first luncheon will be hosted by church members at Trinity who will provide the meal comprised of soup, sandwiches, cookies and drinks. Though every luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m., Wednesdays, at Trinity Church through the Lenten season, churches within the Mason County Ministerial Association will alternate being responsible for the meal, and message, each week. The speaker for the first luncheon will be Rev. James Kelly, III, pastor of Trinity UM Church.
The services, which follow the luncheons, are non-denominational and everyone is welcome to worship, according to Charles Marker, secretary of the Mason County Ministerial Association, which sponsors this annual series each year.
The season of Lent lasts 40 days, not counting Sundays, and begins on Ash Wednesday, typically continuing up to Maundy Thursday or Easter Eve. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring” and the 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry, according to the United Methodist Church.
The UMC also describes Lent as a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the 40 days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection, according to the UMC.
Portions of this article provided by the UMC found at http://www.umc.org.
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