Harris Creek joins the Christian tradition throughout the ages by participating in Lent while also adapting some of these practices to fit our context and culture. Every year, our church chooses a particular book of the Bible to read together or a particular spiritual discipline such as prayer to guide our attention through the season. The intentional “taking on” of a particular focus is the acceptance of an invitation to explore new rhythms and routines in life, habits that reorient our perspective on life, on God, and how it all comes together.
This year, we hope it does all come together. That is, Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent, the Scripture we study, the worship we encounter, the relationships we share, and the needs deep within our city and our souls—what if they all came together over the next 7 weeks?
- Ash Wednesday is part of the family tradition for Christians to confess our sins and welcome the season of Lent.
- The healthy relationships we cherish most are with those people who tend to welcome us home, like we’re part of the family.
- Scripture passages like Galatians 4:6 tell us that we are “now part of God’s family” (The Voice), adopted as heirs—sons and daughters—through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- In the last statistical report, there were 277 children in the foster care system from McLennan County—children desperately wanting to be welcomed in as part of the family.
Between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, we encourage you to be deliberately focused on the theme of becoming a part of the family, and we have provided a devotional guide–will be available as a PDF online or a few print copies will be available at each campus–to serve as a daily reminder to you of this theme. Each day will offer a passage of Scripture for reflection, a quote for meditation, an exercise for your hands, a prayer prompt to follow, or a specific action step recommended. While it may be the case that some might need awareness and education about how we should share compassion for the needs of our city, it is more likely that we know exactly what needs to be done and we simply need to activate our faith with our mind, heart, soul, and our humble hands and feet.
Our dream is that as the Harris Creek family participates in Lent together through this devotional exercise over the next 46 days, we will accomplish these goals:
- 46 people will sign up to serve as court appointed special advocates
- 46 volunteers will become certified baby sitters or respite care providers for foster families
- 46 kids will be welcomed into foster homes in McLennan County
- 46 Easter baskets will be prepared for foster families in the Waco area
- 46 rolling suitcases stuffed with clean clothes and toiletries will be donated to a local foster care agency
The final numbers are not the driving factor; the numbers—wherever we end up after Lent—signify stories of transformation for God’s family! Come, and be a part of the family!
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