The word Lent comes from an Old English word for spring “lengten,” that is the time of the year when the days begin to lengthen. For the last 1700 years, the Church has set aside the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter as a time of special preparation. It is a time of repentance and renewal.
During Lent, our rejoicing is solemn as we remember our Lord’s suffering and death. But it is with a purpose: we know that the suffering and death of our Savior lead to his glorious and triumphant resurrection. So the 40 days of Lent are filled with the certain hope of the resurrection.
You may notice that the color of the season is purple. Purple is the ancient color of royalty. We remember the kind of king we have, that would stoop down and take our punishment for us. The pastors also wear black robes as yet another reminder that this season is different. We are dust and ashes and need the forgiveness Jesus won for us.
For the precise counters in the congregation, the Church speaks of 40 days of Lent because they did not count the Sundays, which retained their significance as “little Easters.”So we walk through this Lenten season, solemn but hopeful. We worship and live in the shadow of the cross.
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Pastor John Moll
Administration & Education
Pastor Thomas Moldenhauer
Worship & Outreach
Principal Noah Bain
School Office: 920.487.5712
Church: 406 4th Street
School: 1115 Division Street
Algoma, WI 54201