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Lower United Methodist Church
February 24th, 2021

 

““We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20

Our journey toward hope!

This is a different Lent than any we have had before. We had no pancakes, or sausages and no fellowship with our friends in the community who had shared with us faithfully every Shrove Tuesday for years. For me, the worst has been having no pictures of your smiles to share with everybody.

What we did have was a very meaningful and intimate service for Ash Wednesday in which we remembered the importance of striving to be at peace with God and with one another. The truth is that peace is what we need today as a community of faith in such difficult times.

We often think of the Lenten journey as a personal and lonely walk with God. But truthfully, as the body of Christ, these forty days can be an experience of profound community—a time to draw closer to God and to one another.

As we embark on the journey of Lent, the transition from the despair of Jesus suffering to the light and hope of his resurrection, we should not do it by ourselves. Let us find ways to reach out to each other in love, to uplift each other, to reassure each other that God is with us!

During these days let us meet the Lord in that secret place within our hearts, present our lives to God and allow His Holy Spirit to cleanse our spirits so we can become whiter than snow.
 
Lent is a reminder that God constantly reaches out to us, calling us to return and be reconciled, to be at peace with him and each other.
 
Receive the blessing of God as you receive the ashes that remind us of our many needs: the need to return to God, the need to refocus our hearts and lives, the need to receive forgiveness, and the need to offer forgiveness.

May the peace of Christ bless our journey into Lent, bring forgiveness to our lives, and go with us in this journey of faith. Now is the time, today is the day! Amen.
 
Rev. Ileana Rosario
 

       
Please remember these people
in your prayers:
Carolyn & Bob Henkel
Rob & Glenda Brooks
Matthew & Natalie Fleet
Family of Betty Bristow
Family of Charlie Cole
Family of Glenn Sears
Carol Sue Lawson
Lana Falkenstein

 
 



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Elizabeth Johnson, Outreach Leader

 
Last week's offering:
$5,753.06
E-giving  $1,162.75
Total    $6,915.81

Needed for weekly goal:
$4,135.00

Our offerings to date:
$30,675.68
Our 2021 YTD Goal:
$33,080.00
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