“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” – Psalm 51:1-3

Does anyone reading this really enjoy “Spring Cleaning” or cleaning out the garage or basement?  I know I don’t!! Yet clean-up is part of life.  It may not be a favorite pastime but spring cleaning can often help our lives run more smoothly.  We have recently heard about the lead contaminated the water in Flint, Michigan, rendering it unusable. When there is an oil spill or some other form of chemical contamination, a great deal of time and effort is often put into detoxing the environment.  There are certain diets that claim to detox our body…this Lent, let’s work together on detoxing our souls.

We live in a culture that is constantly enticing us to live selfishly, to desire more and more, whether it be pleasure, money, entertainment, or grown up toys.    It’s easy to pick up attitudes or actions that pull us away from God, and hinder us from loving God, as well as our neighbors. At times, we don’t even notice it happening.  What we need is a detox for our souls!

The season of the church year called Lent is a season to do some spiritual clean-up, so to speak.  It is also a time for us to reflect on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and what that means for our day to day living.  It is a time for self-examination in light of how Jesus taught us to live, so that we can love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

This Lent in worship, we will be focusing on sins that can clutter up our lives and disrupt our relationship with God.  Each week, we will be taking a look at what the church has historically called “the seven deadly sins,” which include anger, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride, lust, and greed.  How might these sins manifest themselves in our lives?  How can we recognize them? Our purpose is not to point fingers at others, or even condemn ourselves, but to see where we might be off track and repent and start over.  We will be looking at not only how these sins might manifest themselves in our attitudes and daily living, but also exploring the positive virtues or character traits which we can build into our lives as a replacement for  “The Deadly 7”.

In 1 John 1:8-9, God makes this promise: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

I hope you will join us each Sunday during Lent, as we seek to detox our souls, and live more fully for God.  See you in worship, Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M.!!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Debbie