Below you will find a listing of events with a Lenten emphasis coming up at Peachtree Road. Click each entry for more information. Please use this as a reference and check back for updates. Thank you. This listing is not complete. We will be adding events to this page in the next week.
There have been years when Ash Wednesday was earlier. We can remember years when we didn’t even have to turn the calendar to March before we brought out the purple and black and got more familiar than we cared to with confession.
Confession – it’s good for the soul, they say. It is not, however, a whole lot of fun.
Regardless of whether we are ready or not, Ash Wednesday is here. And so today we will head to church or to Starbucks to receive the mark of the cross. There will be those who understand and nod, there will be those who are confused and look away, and there will be those who don’t know what to do with people walking around with crosses of ash and oil marking their foreheads.
We might want to tell them that today is a day when we remember our mortality, the truth of the word of Scripture that we try to put away, or at least put off as long as we can: The wages of sin are death.
From dust you have come and to dust you shall return.
We might also want to tell them that’s not the only thing we remember today. We remember, after all, that these forty days of Lent connect us to Jesus’ own preparation – his forty days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness.
That in the wilderness, that place where life is hard to see, that dark and empty landscape where it is easy to convince yourself that you are alone and that no one cares for you, Jesus experiences the truth he needs to resist the schemes of the devil and to set out on what he has to do for you and for me.
That even when we aren’t sure when or where or how, God provides.
Lent, with it’s fasting and giving up of the things we have convinced ourselves we need, reminds us of all the ways the source of our life