This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen.
Last week on Ash Wednesday Pastor Steve Vineyard introduced a new sermon series titled “Listen, Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own” that will take us through the Lenten season.
This past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, the sermon titled “Listen, Hearing God’s Voice, Finding Your Own,” was presented with a very different service format that was moving and reflective. “That just gave me chills,” was one listener’s comment.
Elijah found out in a cave where he expected to experience God in big wind and earthquake and fire, but there was only the sound of silence. Like Elijah in his cave, sometimes we need to just get away to hear that “still small voice.” What is your cave? What place do you go to so you can hear past the chaos and into the depths of your life?
Pastor Steve will continue this discussion in his sermon this second Sunday in Lent on February 25. The sermon is titled “The Breath of God.”
Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. – Romans 8: 26-30; 38-39
Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into
us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly.
The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same.
We invite you to come and be moved also. The service will be presented at 9 AM and 11 AM.
Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and participate in our mission efforts.