Welcome from the Pastor
First Presbyterian Church of Polson
Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Fritts
Thank you for visiting our website. We are a community of faith, and you are welcome to come and visit us some time; to ‘kick the tires’ if you are looking for a faith community to connect with. On the scale from traditional to contemporary, our worship is traditional. We sing from a hymnal, and we have a choir. Yet preaching is preaching, regardless of the style of worship. We preach from the Bible, looking for what it means and how it applies to our lives. If you do join us for worship, I hope you’ll introduce yourself to me. Everyone is welcome.
Pastor Ron Fritts
February 20, 2020
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. There are some traditions that do not celebrate Ash Wednesday nor encourage any Lenten exercises. I confess that early on in my faith journey I did not have any appreciation for Lenten practices. But I have come to appreciate the accumulated wisdom of our Christian heritage and the ways our forebearers sought to honor Christ and lead us into holiness.
Lent is that period of six weeks in preparation for a worthy and meaningful celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. The way we do this is to cultivate a repentant heart, recognizing the horrible state of misery and ugliness that human sin ushers forth, and our own fallenness as well; the ugly reality of resident sin in our lives; the very thing that sent Jesus to the cross. One of the spiritual disciplines Christians observe during Lent is fasting; the deliberate forsaking of food for a period of time. But there are other forms of fasting; like fasting from the news or TV or alcohol. The abundance of self-satisfying enterprises can leave us in a spiritually deprived condition where God seems to be irrelevant to our daily living. In Matthew 16:24-25, our Lord proclaims “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it”. There is a mystery in following our Lord. Intentionally practicing some form of self-denial puts us in a better position. When we deny our worldly desires for the sake of closer intimacy with our Lord, he does not disappoint us.
Ash Wednesday reminds us of the truth we often run from; our own mortality. Our earthly life has an expiration date, only none of us knows it. When we receive the imposition of ashes on our foreheads, I will speak these words: “remember that from the dust you have come, and to dust you shall return”. With this reorientation, we find encouragement to live our lives in a worthy manner, and unto the Lord before whom we all must appear.
Our Ash Wednesday service will be in Polson at 7PM. We welcome the Dayton congregation to join us.
Together in Christ,