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Join us for our Lenten Taizé services March 24, March 31, and April 7.

Worship Time – 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship in the parlor; Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

New Beginnings is our multi-year process of looking to God as the architect of our faith, Christ as the master builder, and the Holy Spirit as our provider and guide as we, the good and faithful servants, nurture and share in the Body of Christ, which is the church.

LIVE VIDEO OF SUNDAY WORSHIP — Every Sunday morning, a live feed of our 10:30, intergenerational services is available through Ustream.  Video and manuscripts of sermon archives are also available.

Our ChristCare small groups continue to meet for activities and outings.  Check out this ChristCare Groups Overview for something that interests you, or contact Pastor Dave with your idea for a small group.

Palm Sunday 2012

Handbell and Chancel choirs add their “voices” to the worship service.

Thoughts for our Journey (updated monthly)

Rev. Dave Carlson

March 1 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.  For the next 40 days (excluding Sundays, which are known as little Easters), we journey alongside Jesus to the cross of Good Friday (April 14, with worship at First United Methodist Church).  Along the way, we parade through Jerusalem in the spirit of Palm Sunday (April 9) and then join Jesus at the Table of Maundy Thursday (April 13 at First Christian Church).

Unlike Advent with all the holiday hoopla building up to Christmas, the Lenten season provides more ready opportunities for quiet reflection.  In addition to our Ash Wednesday service (7:00-7:30 p.m. March 1), we have three Taize services planned (March 24, March 31 and April 7).  Each service begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel, with a simple soup supper at 6:30.  As you seek times of reflection, I encourage you to utilize the following focus questions or some other Lenten devotional:

Some people see Lent as a “second chance,” during which they pause to look at their priorities and values in light of the sacrifice and promise of Jesus Christ.  Questions: Where have you wandered from the path of God or the manner of Christ?  What one thing could you do to get back on track?

Instead of listening to music in the car or watching TV at home, some people take that time during Lent to check in with God and listen to the Lord.  Questions: Do you have moments of quite that can be devoted to listening to God?  If not, what would you have to give up or reschedule to find them?

Lent is not only a time of giving something up, but it is also a season of almsgiving (giving money or food to the poor).  Questions: Do you currently have a practice of giving to the poor?  If not, what is getting in the way for you?

When we focus on simple questions such as these or observe other Lenten practices and devotions, God speaks to us in surprising ways.  Often, the way forward seems challenging.  This is when God is working to stretch and grow our faith.  If you are not feeling challenged in your Christian walk, I invite you to step up to where God is leading you.  On the other side of such challenges, God is found waiting for you.  Meeting God in such a way is one of life’s greatest experiences.  May it be yours, particularly in this season Lent.

Pastor Dave