As we wake up this morning, on Ash Wednesday, with bellies full of pancakes and the indulgences of Mardi Gras, we refocus our hearts and our minds to this season of penitence. As Kirkwood by the River is a ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church, we acknowledge the Lenten season through our time in weekly Bible Study and our weekly worship services. Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection, and some of our residents and staff choose to either give up something that is distracting them from the teachings of Christ or to take on an apostolic action which gives of themselves to others.For this Lenten season, we pray:
Heavenly Father, may these weeks leading up to the tragedy of Good Friday and the glory of Resurrection Sunday remind us of who you are, how you love us, and who you have created us to be as your followers.
May we walk through this season intentionally, removing distractions that take our gaze away from your glory. May we quiet the noise that pulls us from adoration of you and puts our attention on lesser things. May we simplify where we have been stressed, may we surrender what has been burdensome, may we repent of what has been sinful, Lord Jesus.
May we see your goodness and your glory in new ways throughout this season of Lent. May we know the depths of your love for us more fully. May we feel the pain you endured for our sake, Jesus, and may we rejoice that you conquered every bit of evil when you rose to life again.Amen.