Thursday Thoughts – March 7, 2019

Don’t forget about the time change! Spring forward!

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Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent, a time set apart in the Christian year to draw closer to Jesus. It’s traditionally been a time of giving up something for 40 days. Prayer, fasting and the giving of alms, are ways of going deeper into the life and ministry of Jesus. I loved this article about WHY we give up something for Lent.

In worship over the next 6 Sundays we are going to explore the theme of brokenness and reconciliation: Each of us is created a precious vessel of God’s love. Each of us has experienced hurt in some way, bringing a sense of brokenness.  To move toward healing is to offer the gift of life  and wholeness (or wholi-ness), not only for ourselves but also for others, as we come to see each person as a Holy Vessel and as we come to desire that wholeness for all of creation. This comes from the more Eastern way of understanding “penance” –more about healing what has been hurt. From this perspective, the journey to Easter is more about learning and preparing to “live the Easter life,” living as if death has no hold on us. We had a beautiful contemplative Ash Wednesday Service.

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Lenten Practices 

There is a tradition of either giving up or taking up something for Lent; the purpose for these practices is to draw closer to God through Jesus’ life, and sometimes we have to give something up in order to make room. There are bags with a practice for every day; suitable for all ages, families of all kinds. Please take one on your way out.

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Or you can try one of the following:

Forty Bags in Forty Day Decluttering Challenge. 

Forty Cards/Notes in Forty Days

Photo Challenges: here, and the one I am doing here. 

 

Scripture – Luke 4: 1-13

Reflection – Treasured Temptations

  • What are my temptations?
  • When I am tempted to do a good thing by compromising my principles?
  • What does this mean for how we live?

What I Have Been Reading

A resurgence of interest in spirituality has churches exploring ways to teach it for a new generation. read more here. 

Announcements

THIS WEEK
Tue. Mar. 12th Study Group – Riv. @ 1:00 pm
Tue. Mar. 12th Ministry & Personnel Committee @ 2:30 pm
Tue. Mar. 12th Riv. Stewards Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Sat. Mar. 16th NMR St. Patrick’s Tea & Sale @ 2:00 pm

COMING UP
Tue. Mar. 19th Study Group – Riv. @ 1:00 pm
Tue. Mar. 19th Worship Committee Meeting @ 7:30 pm
Wed. Mar. 20th St. Patrick’s Luncheon – Riv. @ 11:30 am
Wed. Mar. 20th UCW Meeting @ 1:00 pm
Wed. Mar. 20th Executive Business Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Thur. Mar. 21st Transition Team @ 2 pm

Bible Study – Tuesdays @ 1 pm . The reading for March 17th is Luke 13: 31-35

Books of Condolences for the Barho children are located in both churches, please take an opportunity to sign one of them. They will be delivered to the parents at a later date.

Thank you to everyone who stepped up and did something to make the Community Vigil happen last week. From cookies to chairs to parking, we were church at its finest. Tragic events like the death of the Barho children put so many things into perspective. We are reminded that which unites us is far greater than what divides us.

So, You’ve Been Asked to Lead Worship!
March 26, 2019 @ 7 pm – Riverview
In this workshop you will learn how, to choose readings, hymns & prayers; the resources available to you, how to create a bulletin, internet resources for sermons. AND to have fun doing it!

 

 

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