LENT & EASTER
Ash Wednesday Service
Lent Series Again & Again
In Lent we are reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats- every time individuals forget how to love. With exacerbation we exclaim,
So, join us this lent, Again & Again, we will bring all of who we are to God and trust God will meet us, time and time again, along the way.
First Sunday in Lent
A Humorous Encounter with Christ
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
I will never forget this encounter with Christ and, yes, it did change my life.
Many years ago I was asked by a spinal pain doctor at the Cleveland Clinic to get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – my first, so I went in innocently with no fear. However, all it took to foist an instant fear upon me was my first look at the machine. I didn’t believe that small tube could hold me and I wasn’t even large at that time! This was before the days of bigger, more comfortable and open MRI machines.
So, with no medication to calm my fear of impending doom – in the form of claustrophobia – I meekly slid onto the table and listened to directions. The nurse pushed me in. My arms at my side, I could feel the machine squeezing me and coming down onto my face. So I yelled, “Please get me out of here!” She did pull out the table, giving me a calming pep talk and saying I could do it. She even said she would hold my hand for a while. She slid the table back in and she did hold my hand for a couple of minutes and then, of course, had to leave the room.
There I was – this 30-something woman who tended to panic attacks – lying in a very tiny tube. I knew I would have to keep my mind occupied in order to make it through. I said a quick prayer and then started out singing songs (in my head only) and moving on to the 23rd Psalm. I was so stiff from tenseness in all my muscles that my body began to shake. They reminded me I would have to be still. I closed my eyes, which I should have done in the first place, and things improved. I began to count each time they announced how many minutes until each test was over. I sort of went into a trance. The best way I can describe it is that time when you drift between sleep and wakefulness. I still was frightened, though. The next thing I knew I was staring at a very realistic image of Jesus… and there’s the best part… Jesus was standing there with his hand held up in a stopping gesture, and he said in a loud and stern voice, “Stop, in the name of love!” That did the trick. I wanted to laugh out loud, but I contained myself and before I knew it, my test was over. That encounter helped me to understand the reality of Jesus always being there for me.
Freddie Curley (2012)
Lent bags can be picked up at the church office beginning Thursday from 8-2pm, Sunday 8-12pm, Monday –Wednesday 8-2, or call and ask for it to be delivered. These bags include: Ashes and resources for the Ash Wednesday Virtual Service, Daily Prayer Cards, Again & Again Daily Devotionals, Prayer Crosses, Palm Cross and for families: Children and youth activities
Lent Book Study
Words of Life by Adam Hamilton join Pastor Dan for this 5-week Lent Book Study beginning Monday March 1st @ pm or Tuesday Morning March 2nd at 9:30am. This study will be done via Zoom. Books available for pick up at the Church office for $20.00.
We have created a virtual reflective service for you to view at your convenience beginning at 7am on Ash Wednesday. The service will be posted on our website and we will also email a link out for the service. Your ashes are in your Lent Bag or you may stop by the church during office hours to pick some up.
Community Prayer Wall
On the Front lawn of the church there will be a prayer wall that will be coordinating with our sermon series. There will be weekly prayer prompts and different ways for all of us to interact and practice the discipline of prayer during this lent season.
During the entire season of Lent the Labyrinth team will have the Labyrinth up. You are invited to come and walk the Labyrinth whenever the office is open: Monday- Thursday 8-2, Sunday 8-11:30am and Tuesday Evenings 4pm-8pm
On the Front Lawn of the Church on Detroit Ave is a warming wall that the youth helped put together. We have been blessed by many donations from our church and greater community to help those in need during this cold winter weather. Warming Items include: Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Facemasks, blankets, socks, hand warmers, coats.
Feel free to place the items on the wall, in the blue bin, or on a dray spot on the ground. Also help us spread the word so those in need may learn of this great resources.