The Season of Lent and Getting Honest with God

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. The word Lent itself is derived from the old Anglo-Saxon word lencten which simply means “spring”. In the context of numerous and varied Christian traditions, Lent has waxed and waned in its significance, meaning and purpose. Most often these Lenten days have focused on introspection, repentance and new resolve to live in more life-affirming ways. These are sometimes called Lenten disciplines.

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Make a Joyful Noise by Tenor Fred Peterbark

Singing is always appropriate: for times of joy and sadness and for times of doubt and great confidence. Spirituals and gospel music reflect these sentiments at high levels of the human psychological spectrum, especially due to its connection to the human spirit.

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Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday we will have two special worship services. The first will be at noon in our church parlor. The second service is at 6 pm and will be held on our labyrinth. Both services will offer the opportunity to receive ashes and to hear the words “dust you are and to dust you will return” as ashes are placed on our foreheads. The act of receiving ashes and hearing those powerful words symbolize the idea that accepting our mortality, and embracing our finitude, are fundamental to our creating lives that are filled with meaning and purpose.

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UMW Sunday

This coming Sunday is United Methodist Women (UMW) Sunday. Judy Hill will be our guest preacher and lead both our 9:00am. Adult Forum and an after-worship conversation about the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Judy is the Lay Leader of our Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) of the United Methodist Church and heads the RMC delegation to General Conference. You won’t want to miss this Sunday. Let me tell you why:

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Today’s Biggest Issues

Yesterday on Ground Hog’s Day, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his long winter’s nap in Pennsylvania only to see his shadow, thereby assuring us that we will have six more weeks of winter. This is not good news to me and so I comfort myself by saying Punxsutawney Phil knows nothing about our weather at the base of our beautiful mountains.

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