Reverend, Daeil Min
Dear Beloved in Christ,
As February unfolds and brings us to the doorstep of Lent, a season of reflection and spiritual renewal, I extend my warmest greetings to each of you. In the United Methodist tradition, Lent is a time for deepening our faith and recommitting ourselves to follow Christ more closely. It's a period marked by prayer, fasting, self-examination, and penitence, leading us towards the joyous celebration of Easter.
This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. I cordially invite you all to join us for a special joint Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Church in Milltown. This service is a meaningful opportunity to come together as a community, to share in the imposition of ashes, and to reflect on our mortality and repentance. The ashes, a symbol of our human frailty and a sign of our intent to repent and renew our lives, remind us of the grace that God offers us in Jesus Christ.
During Lent, we embark on a 40-day journey, mirroring Jesus' time in the wilderness. It's a time to introspect and to grow in our spiritual disciplines. I encourage each of you to embrace this season wholeheartedly. Whether it be through giving up something that hinders your relationship with God, taking on new acts of service and love, or spending more time in prayer and scripture reading, let this Lent be a time of meaningful change and spiritual growth.
As your pastor, I look forward to walking this Lenten journey with you. Let us embrace this sacred season as a time to reflect on God's immense love for us, shown most profoundly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. May our shared experiences this Lent draw us closer to God and to one another as a faith community.
Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Dale Min, senior pastor