The season of Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox.
Lent is a period of repentance and renewal. During this time we recall and relive the resurrection story to understand its meaning. Christ’s death and resurrection renew our lives giving us the power to renounce sin and death.
On Ash Wednesday we confronted our own mortality as we confessed our sins before God. We received our ashes in the call to repentance and reconciliation.
Pastor Steve Vineyard introduced his new sermon series “Listen” with the Ash Wednesday Service and will continue into the Lenten season. The series was introduced with Finding Your Life: Listening Deeply and this Sunday, February 18 is titled Hearing God’s Voice, Finding Your Own.
We continue our period of repentance and renewal this Lenten season that started with Ash Wednesday. We have received our ashes and now until Easter, we will relive the resurrection story to better understand its meaning.
We invite you to come and experience the meaning of the resurrection as we make our journey through the Lenten season and witness the joy of Jesus Christ in our worship, our Christian development, and our serving others in our community.
This Sunday, February 18 is our Pizza Sunday and following our 11 AM Contemporary Service you can stay and enjoy some felllowship. Come attend our 11 AM service with our Praise Band and stay afterward and have lunch in Gallihugh Hall (fellowship hall) of pizza and salad!
Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and participate in our mission efforts.