March brings with it lots of wind, the first glimpses of Spring, and the sacred and holy season of Lent. The season of Lent is a time of reflection and self-denial as we journey toward the cross. John Wesley encouraged his Methodists to fast weekly, be-ginning after supper on Thursday evening until supper on Friday evening. During the times of breakfast and lunch/dinner, you are to turn your attention to God through prayers, bible study or meditation. In denying ourselves, we are able to honestly reflect upon our lives and deepen our relationship with God. Just as Wesley cautioned his Methodists, so I caution you: if you need to eat because of medicines or health issues (i.e. diabetes…), please do so. You can participate by still taking the time to focus on God throughout your day. Of all the church seasons, Lent and Easter have always been the most emphasized of the seasons within the history of the church. Let this season also become a time of emphasis for you as you dis-cover and experience the great love of God and Jesus.
I will be offering two studies during Lent both on Wednesday. The first will be an 11:00 a.m. study titled, “The God We Can Know” by Rob Fuquay. We will study the ‘I AM’ saying of Jesus to better know our God. This is a great opportunity to grow in relation-ship with God. The second will take place at 6:00 p.m. before choir practice. This study is titled, “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. In this study we will be looking at Holy Week and all the ‘risks’ we are called to take with Jesus on his way to the cross. This book invites us into a deeper encounter as we prepare for Holy Week. If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please let me know so I can make sure I have the study book of your choice.
And, of course, we will begin March with our Ash Wednesday Service on the 6th at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel as we pre-pare ourselves for a season of repentance and preparation for the fasting season of Lent. Please plan on joining us for this simple service of prayer and the ‘imposition’ of ashes. I am trusting that you have prayerfully asked God what he would like for you to fast during Lent; for some, he may have even given instructions for action. In Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Let us during this Season of Lent earnestly ask, seek and knock to hear God’s plans for us.
My prayers are that you will spend even more time in the presence of God than you have in the past, that through some form of self-denial you experience a small measure of Jesus’ great sacrifice on your behalf and that God continually reveals himself to you and draws you ever closer to Him.
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Love in Christ,
Large enough to serve, Small enough to care
United Methodist Church
300 W Second Ave, Lenoir City, TN 37771
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
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Lenten Studies: Morning and Evening Studies Available, Beginning March 13
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ!