Friday from First 2.28.2020
March 1, 2020
First Sunday in Lent
9:30 AM Worship & Holy Communion
“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8
As the children led us through the Ash Wednesday Communion liturgy, their final words were, "But this is just ordinary bread and juice!" What is it that makes ordinary bread and juice holy? How do these elements we consume at the Lord's Table feed us and nourish our faith? On this first Sunday of Lent, that nourishment is offered in the context of Christ's temptation in the wilderness, after forty days and nights of fasting. Matthew's gospel tells us Jesus "was famished." Are you famished for more of God? Join us on Sunday, and come to the Table, where all are welcome. 'All' means all.
Coming to Our Senses in Lent
3/4 Taste, Fasting, Matthew 14:13-21
3/11 Touch, Service, Mark 5:21-433/18 Hearing, Silence, Mark 7:31-37 3/25 Sight, Study, John 9 4/1 Smell, Prayer, John 11 Draw closer to God as we gather in one group to learn, worship, and grow deeper in faith. Each week, we will read about a miracle of Jesus and explore a spiritual practice that engages one of the five senses. You may find yourself at a table with children as well as 'elders' of the church. May this experience bring you to new realizations and help you form new relationships within our congregation! For those who want to go deeper, a study guide will be posted on the church website each week. Here's the study guide for March 4th, if you want to get a head start!
The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. - James 5:16
Keep praying at 5:16 every day, Church! The Bishop's Cabinet is working hard to discern who your next pastor will be. They are looking for 'the best available missional fit' for this congregation. Be praying that God will strengthen and prepare that pastor to see and lead you into God's vision for your next stage of ministry. Be praying also that God will prepare your own heart to follow where God leads. I'm praying for you, Church!
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST & BLESSED BOTTOMS GIVEAWAY
This Saturday is LEAP Day! That means the pancakes will be piping hot, and the sausages will be perfectly cooked at our Free Community Breakfast, 8-10 AM. It also means a number of families will be picking up diapers, and maybe even staying for breakfast. Will you welcome them, help them with their kids, and let them know that God loves them? Take a LEAP of faith that God could use you to see Jesus, show Jesus, & share Jesus.
I'm praying for you, Church!
Pastor Jo Anne