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Second Sunday of Lent Worship Service 3/12/17

Enjoy our Worship Service for the Second Sunday in Lent.

Unfortunately the microphone stopped working for Lois’ message.  Here it is in case you would like to read it.

Message for March 12

The prayer that was used during our time of contemplative prayer:

The Knots Prayer

Dear God: Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life.  Remove the have nots, the can nots and the do nots that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots, may nots, and might nots that find a home in my heart.  Release me from the could nots, would nots and should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the “am nots” that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Amen

Little Black Dress Fashion Show

On Saturday, March 25th, we will host the Little Black Dress Fashion Show.  This is an afternoon of food, fun and of course fashion!  The doors will open for pre-show shopping at 11:00 AM.  At noon, we will have soup and sandwiches with cookies for dessert.  The main event, the fashion show, begins at 12:45. This year a prize will be given for the best decorated shoes – everyone knows, shoes are a girl’s best friend, so make them special and have fun.  The tickets are $5 and all profits go to help support our mission shares.  Buy those tickets now and let’s see what your imagination can create with your shoes! Come on ladies we know you’d love an afternoon of fun!

Tickets can be purchased at the church office (323-7584) or after church.

 

Lenten Reflection 1

Follow us on our Lenten journey with scripture and ideas to practice fasting from unforgiveness for 40 days.

Dear Hope,

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,

Pastor Sam

Ash Wednesday

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.”

Hope’s Place this Tuesday

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!

Clothing Drive this Sunday

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.