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March 4, 2019
There are so many different ideas when it comes to getting ready for Lent. From Shrove Tuesday ["Pancake Day", to rid the house of eggs, milk, butter and other fats for the fast] to Fat Tuesday [the last day to eat rich foods before Easter] to Mardi Gras and Carnival [which has become a day of debauchery and parties – "get it out of your system because 40 days of piety is on the way"], the purpose of the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent is the same: to get ready to rediscover Jesus . . . to strive for a greater awareness of what Christ wants of us as we look forward to Easter.

The activities of fasting have expanded from its original meaning of giving up something in order to gain a control over oneself: "Under current canon law, Catholics who are 18 to 60 years old are required to observe a limited fast during Lent. During this limited fast you are allowed three meals per day (no snacks) by which the quantity of the first two meals put together should not exceed the third meal. Fasting is also a form of penance. It is a way of showing our sorrow for our sins. It is a way of stripping ourselves of some of the non-essentials of life in order to recognize that which is truly important. Abstinence is a day on which Catholics 14 years and older are required to abstain from eating meat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Every Friday during Lent is a day of abstinence. We abstain from meat on these days because Jesus died for our sins on Friday, making it an especially appropriate day of reflecting and realizing our sinfulness and denying ourselves something we enjoy".

Originally focussing on food, many now choose to fast from other areas that influence or control their lives, including media [social and otherwise] and other . . . "vices". We are all encouraged to fast this Lent . . . fasting "from", with the intent of fasting "to" God.

Yesterday in our message we spoke briefly about the fast, looking at Isaiah 58 and seeing the difference between our perspective on fasting and God's perspective. God's idea of what constitutes a fast is quite different than our idea! Click here to download the message and read again what you heard.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent. Our sanctuary will be open from 7:00-8:30 pm for those who wish to take time for contemplation, meditation, and prayer.

Our Lenten preaching series will begin this coming Sunday. We will look at a number of what are called the words from the cross – what we are calling Cross Words – Jesus' expressions of hope for mankind. We begin with one of the most difficult commands and expectations . . . yet even in His most darkest time Jesus did what we might consider "the impossible". We look at Luke 23:34 and at His forgiving nature. And forgiveness – as difficult as it is – is so important for us. As Anne Lamotte said, "Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done. It doesn't necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare".

We'll meet at 11:00 for our time of celebration and worship. That's 11:00 DST – don't forget to set your clock ahead!

What a fantastic time we had yesterday [laughs galore!], as we celebrated with David and Pamela at a "post-wedding" shower following our service. Thanks, Matt, for hosting a great potluck lunch and for organizing games. Thanks to everyone for your participation and involvement.

Don't forget . . . our Family Fellowship Skate Night at the Governor General's residence/Rideau Hall is this Friday! Our congregation has the rink to ourselves for the evening, from 7:00-8:30 pm. Plan to come out to this family fellowship time and an evening of fun . . . invite someone tocome with you!
Looking ahead, following our Palm Sunday service we will move into Holy Week – joint services with Bridlewood Church Monday through Thursday evenings; a service on Good Friday at Bridlewood; concluding with a celebration service Easter Sunday.
  • April 15: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 16: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • April 17: at Bridlewood, 7:00 pm
  • April 18: at Trinity, 7:00 pm
  • Good Friday: at Bridlewood, 4:30 pm
Bridlewood Church will also host a celebration service at 7:00 March 24 [we hope that the weather will not affect travel as it did last year]. The Bridlewood worship team will lead; I will preach.

Our spring service of music and celebration is planned for April 28 – we encourage everyone to participate . . . to sing . . . to read . . . to share something! Matt will speak to us about our participation closer to the date.
We are inviting the members of the Ottawa Misfits motorcycle group to join us on May 26. We will prepare breakfast for the group and they will join us in our worship service before a "blessing of the bikes". Pray that God will bless and use this outreach opportunity for His glory. Our message:We're All Misfits!

Our updated directory is available in print and digital formats. Print copies will be on the back table Sunday; digital copies will be e-mailed tothose who request them.
Sundays . . .
  • Mar 10 Cross Words: Forgiveness
  • Mar 17 Cross Words: Promise
  • Mar 24 Cross Words: Despair
  • Mar 31 Cross Words: Completion
  • Apr 7 Cross Words: Commitment
  • Apr 14 Palm Sunday
  • Apr 21 Easter Sunday
  • Apr 28 a day of Music and Celebration