The Salem Tidings

From the Pastor’s Desk


 Note from Pastor Paola:

From Ashes to Joy: A Lenten Journey
To all who mourn,
God will transform ashes into a crown of beauty,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
(Isaiah 61:3). 
I hope you can join me at Salem this Lent for a special journey toward the joy of the New Life of Easter. We will start on Wednesday, March 2, with a zoom service at 6:30 pm. During the service, we will impose ashes in a form of a cross on our forehead. That is the sign of our inadequacy, mortality, our struggles, our burdens and a symbol of repentance. Contact the Church for information on joining the Ash Wednesday Service on Zoom.
Lent is an ancient Christian tradition established in the first century. There are 40 days in Lent (a number filled with struggle and yet hope in the Scriptures). Many believe Lent is about giving something up, depravation. But God is not a God of depravation. Lent is about receiving more, and the reason why we fast or take away something during Lent is because our life gets so cluttered with so much stuff. This keeps us from having space for God. Lent is actually about more not less. How can I have more God, more love, and more service toward others during Lent? That is the question for you and me. What are the parts of my life that keep me from having more?
Every Sunday during Lent, we will travel with Jesus to a different place, a spiritually symbolic place, where we can meet God in a new and powerful way. After the service we will come closer to the cross by meeting those who were there and whom life has been transformed.
In the end of the journey, the ashes will be transformed into joy.
We will celebrate the new beginning of Easter.  Please pass it on. So many people out there are in need of more God. Invite a friend or family member to come to church with you.
Have a blessed Lent,
Pastor Paola