Preparing for Lent

As Epiphany ends it is now time to move into the season of Lent.  This Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday* which will mark the beginning of this season of prayer and repentence that leads us to Holy Week.  On the heels of the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany that call us to anticipation and celebration, Lent, brings about a change in tone in our worship.  This is a season of self denial and self reflection where we recognize our desperate need for the mercy of Christ through repentence, confession, prayer and fasting.  It is also a season of humbling ourselves before others by giving to the needy and seeking reconcilliation with people that we have hurt or have hurt us.  With that said, our music during this time will reflect the themes and tone of this season with songs that are rich with solemn confession and repentence as well as prayers asking our God to humble us and allow us count others more significant than ourselves.  Here are some of the songs we will be singing.

Instruments of Peace
How Deep The Fathers Love For Us (Stuart Townend)
I Boast No More and Rock of Ages, When the Day Seems Long (Sandra McCracken)
Melt My Soul (Red Mountain Music)
Not What My Hands (Aaron Keyes)
We Come To You (Derek Webb)
All the Poor and Powerless (The Digital Age)
Jesus, I Come (Indelible Grace)
Jesus, Lover of My Soul (Charles Wesley)
It Is Well (Horatio Spafford)
Just As I Am (Charlotte Elliot)
and many others.

May God bless you and keep you as you prepare for this great season of Lent!
- Chris