Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5: 1-2)
The 40 days of Lent will commence on Ash Wednesday, February 26. Lent is the high holy season where Christians emulate Jesus’ resistance to Satan’s temptations. Shiloh’s theme for this year is “Reimagining a Life of Sacrifice.” In commemoration of God’s ultimate sacrifice, during this Lenten season let us endeavor to sacrifice one personal affinity and resist the temptation to default. Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26, through Good Friday, April 10, there will be a receptacle in the sanctuary foyer to symbolically and anonymously dispose of undesirable aspects of our life culminating in a ritual burning ceremony on Good Friday. Join in with Shiloh in the many activities in observance of Lent.
What constitutes a sacrifice?
A sacrifice is not a mere ritual to appease God. Rather, it is a loving service performed with a repentant heart in appreciation for God’s mercy.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:16-17)
What is an appropriate Lenten sacrifice?
A Lenten sacrifice is a commitment to temporarily relinquish a corporeal pleasure or convenience in order to spiritually draw closer to God.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. (Luke 9:23-24)
Shiloh Lenten Events
Ash Wednesday Services
February 26, Oil and Ashes 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Sanctuary
Evening Service 7:00 p.m. – Sanctuary
Weekday Reflections on Twitter
Thursday, February 27 – Friday, April 3
Thursdays, March 5 – April 2, 6:30 p.m. – Heritage Hall
Weekday Noon Dial-In Services
Monday, March 9 – Friday, April 3, 12:00-12:30 p.m. 1-857-232-0155, Access Code 428058
Palm Sunday Service
April 5, Unity Service 10:55 a.m.
Holy Week Services
Monday, April 6 – Thursday, April 9, 12:00 p.m. – Chapel of Hope
Maundy Thursday Service (with Metropolitan Baptist Church)
April 9, 7:00 p.m. – Shiloh Sanctuary
Good Friday Service
April 10, 12:00 p.m. – Shiloh Sanctuary