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First week of Lent – Is forgiveness a one time event?

Hi Hope!

How did it go thinking about forgiveness last week?

I’ve been asking around who has successful stories of forgiveness and it seems like we all have forgiveness stories but not all have been successful! What does the Bible say about this? Is forgiveness a one time event? Do we forgive someone once and move on? For most of us, forgiveness is a process and a practice. It’s a muscle and we want to build up its strength. It may take a long time, it may take a few different forms, and it may not go exactly like we expected.

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 1:21-22

We might be relieved to think that forgiveness is an on-going experience. All the time we need it and all the time we are asked to offer it.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecc. 7:20

For this week’s practice, try letting go of small flares of anger, resentment or frustration as quickly as you possibly can. I’m thinking of things like being cut off in traffic, having a friend or spouse say something small but hurtful, or reading an upsetting piece of news that makes you mad at someone or something. How quickly can you get back to a peaceful place? Say a little prayer like, “God, I’m angry; thank you for helping me forgive quickly.”

 For I am determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Cor. 2:2

Set it as a goal, with these little annoyances, to see the “other” as the Christ. You don’t need to do it with the big stuff yet! Try it just with the small things and see how it feels and where it leaves you.

Let me know how it goes!

Many blessings,

Pastor Sam

All Saints Day

 

Candles all lit for All Saints Day, 2016

Candles all lit for All Saints Day, 2016 – Photo by Dawn Vitale

Sunday’s November 6th Service included honoring all those we have known and loved that have gone to be with God.  This in our church is called ‘All Saints Day’.

During the service Rev. Sam Wilde invited anyone who would like to light a candle in remembrance of someone to come up.  There was a long line; people waited patiently to have their moment to remember a loved one.  In the end, as the last person lit a candle we all noticed that there were exactly enough!

Praise God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship October 2, 2016

Enjoy our worship service.  We apologize that the prayer requests may not be able to be heard as we were having some microphone issues.

Worship Service August 28, 2016

Please enjoy our Worship service.  Thank you to Julie Buehler for her meaningful message, “Being God’s Humble Ambassador”.

 

Worship Service July 17, 2016

Today we heard from Alice Collins about “Mary and Martha: A Work in Progress” with a children’s story on the same topic from Debbie Ewing and some beautiful harmonica selections from Ingmar Eggen.

Worship Service June 26, 2016

A lovely service today.  We were treated to solos from Susan Andrade and a great sermon, “Getting free of the Yolky Yoke” from Rev. Sam Wilde.  Enjoy!