Today is Ash Wednesday and signifies the start of Lent. Lent is usually the time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil.
Interesting fact about the number 40 is a special number in the Bible. It signifies preparation for something special:
The rain lasted for 40 days in the mighty flood – Noah
Moses stayed on the Mount Sinai forty days (Ex 24:18)
Jonah gave the people of Ninevah forty days to repent (Jon 3:4)
Jesus, before starting his ministry, spent forty days in the desert in prayer and fasting (Matt 4:2)
Thus , in the coming days leading to Easter, while remembering the sacrifice and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, let us also reflect on our spiritual faith and life.
If you’ve never done a fast before, perhaps you can consider the following fast:
Full Fast – Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
The Daniel Fast – Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. Learn More
3-Day Fast – This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Partial Fast – A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Digital Fast – Disconnect your Facebook, Twitter. Some examples here.
The first day of 2012 is a Sunday. That gives us the opportunity to start our year focusing on Him who has given all the years that have gone and all those to come, who holds our past and our future in His hands. In OiC we want to do that by joining for prayer and worship.
Starting at 3pm in the afternoon there will be opportunity to share our joys and frustrations over the past year and our expectations for the year to come, opportunity to pray and be prayed for, to talk or to be silent. We will then share a simple meal and have our service at 5.30pm in the evening, where we will thank God for all he has done in OiC in 2011 and “offer Him 2012”.
If you are joining for dinner, which will be soup, do bring NOK 30,- for dinner.
As a family, OiC wants to be together on this special day. And as is common with families during this holiday, it will be time for resting, chatting and eating the leftovers. But we also want to understand and experience the real meaning of Christmas by praying and worshiping together.
We will start with a traditional Norwegian porridge, and during the afternoon there will be opportunity to join in some games, experience Norwegian Christmas traditions or just sit and chat. Later we will have dinner and finish with our Christmas Service. You are invited to bring food to share on the dinner!