Follow us on our Lenten journey with scripture and ideas to practice fasting from unforgiveness for 40 days.
As we move together through the Lenten season, we will focus on the idea of forgiveness. At the beginning of each week, I will send out an email with scriptures and ideas as a way to focus our efforts and also join us together in a common practice.
As we begin, we move through Ash Wednesday into our first Lenten Sunday. Why is it important to forgive?
“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”Mark 11:25
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23
Everyone needs forgiveness; forgiveness is part of our Divine character; forgiveness increases our spiritual power.
This week, think of someone you’d like to forgive–someone who isn’t that hard to forgive but who you simply haven’t taken the time or effort to forgive yet. Spend some time in prayer about that person and consider that forgiving another person is a method of receiving healing for ourselves as well as getting receptive to God’s love for us. Consider how each of us is broken and falling short. As you pray for someone you’d like to forgive, allow the prayer to move in both directions, towards that person and inward towards yourself until you feel the compassion with which God holds both of you.
Let me know how it goes!!
love and blessings,
We will be holding an Ash Wednesday service on March 1st at 7:00 PM.
Join us as we begin our journey into the season of Lent with meaningful reflection and imposition of ashes.
“Remember that thou art dust…and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Come to our monthly free community dinner. We will be serving a delicious meatloaf dinner on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 PM. And then stay to hear talented local musician Dave Hamelin!
Dave is a folk singer and a country and blues guitar player who has played all over New England. He plays guitar, dobro and harmonica and has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, 3 Dog Night and Grand Funk Railroad as well as “New Riders of the Purple Sage”. Currently, Dave is playing with a Boston based band, “The Roadhouse Strangers”, performing at clubs and casinos.
We promise you are in for a treat!
Time to clean out your closets again! We will be collecting both winter and spring clothing on February 19th. All clean, good condition clothing is welcome. Please separate children’s clothing from adult clothing. Donations will go to Amherst Survival Center and Hope’s Kids Kloset.
Please enjoy our Worship service. We apologize for the delay in posting….minor technical difficulty! Tish gave a great sermon based on the Old Testament reading from Deuteronomy 30, “Choose Love, Choose Life” including a heartwarming story about her own “darling idiot, fool”! You’ll also hear a lovely anthem from our choir, “Prayer of Julian of Norwich”.
We hope that you enjoy our worship service. Pastor Sam preached about The Beatitudes and the source of happiness. Thank you to Bill McClure for sharing his gift of music; the sax solos are a real treat!