A Word From the Pastor
Lent always used to be a time to give something up, like chocolate or fried food. Soon there were those who began to think that it was better to take things on than to give anything up. Many people got so caught up in the system of what to do that they forgot why they were doing it. With any kind of practice that we take on or give up, the key to make it lasting is to have some sense of how important it is in the bigger picture. Putting a picture of their child on the package of cigarettes helps a person to remember that they are quitting smoking to have a longer life with their family. We strive to create for ourselves the best life so that we can thrive rather than merely surviving. That creation comes out of the choices we make and what we choose to do with our time. In the same way, we seek to create a spiritual life that thrives to fill ourselves with meaning and connects us with the divine forces.
This lent we will be focusing on exploring the spiritual practices that we engage in our lives, and casting away the weight of those things that are holding us back. We will begin with a shared Ash Wednesday service with Wesley UMC, and continue each Wednesday at 7:00PM with a discussion of different spiritual practices. It will be based on some chapters of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Donald S Whitney, but the book will only be a portion of what is covered. The study will combine multimedia and guide sheets that will help to make each practice more ingrained in your life. On Sundays we will be beginning a sermon series entitled "Journey of Stones," which will center around stone imagery as those things that are weighing us down. Intertwining both avenues, we will work our way to Easter where we can embrace the light and resurrection with Jesus.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.