In the church calendar, Lent is the forty days before Easter where we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance as we seek to “turn around” or realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Lenten Journey at Asbury Church will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016. We would like the congregation and guests alike to have a participatory experience during the forty days of Lent. So, we are inviting the Asbury community to bring sticks (twigs or small branches) from home (maybe from a recent storm or early spring clean-up) and to offer these sticks at the foot of the cross that is in the Sanctuary hallway.
These sticks serve as a visual representation and metaphor of our awareness of our shortcomings, failures, burdens, and sin. Sticks are not easy to work with, as they are brittle, dry, unyielding, stubborn, and rigid – prone to breaking under the slightest pressure. They symbolize our human frailties. During this time of Lenten contemplation, we bring these sticks to the cross, and that makes all the difference.
Sticks may be brought in at any time during the Lenten journey, as we continue to reflect upon our lives and prepare to celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection, knowing that we are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.