Pastor’s Ponderings

Lent is only a month away. Lent begins on Wednesday March 1st which is almost as late in our Christian Calendar year as possible. It seems as though we have just recently completed the celebration of Christmas and the Advent Season of the Church. To begin Lent we will, at Claybanks UMC, come together for an evening Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm which will include the imposition of ashes. For those who are unable to attend the Ash Wednesday Service we will have an imposition of Ashes at our first Lenten Sunday worship March 5th.

It has become a modern practice of the Protestant Church to honor and participate in Lent in a number of ways. We at Claybanks will commit to a journey through Lent with our Christian sisters and brothers in many different ways in order to prepare us to arrive at a deeper connection with our Lord and Savior as we Celebrate His Resurrection on Easter morning.

For three afternoons in Lent (March 9th, March 30th and April 6th) we will gather at 4:00 pm for a Lenten Series “24 Hours That Changed The World.” Adam Hamilton will lead us in a video presentation followed by group discussions and activities. “24 Hour” participants’ books will be available to read in preparation for our study together.

In addition, during Lent we will have Lenten Devotional Booklets avail-able developed for Lent by The Society of St. Andrew entitled “With Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed”. I, as your pastor, will be following our Lenten readings with a message series that parallels our Devotional Commitment.

Holy Week will continue to draw us closer with our Lord. Palm Sunday will begin Holy Week as our young people lead us into Jerusalem as we celebrate Christ’s triumphed entrance with palms. On Holy Thursday we encourage coming together in worship at a number of our community churches. Good Friday we will experience the passion of Our Lord when we come together for Good Friday Service at Claybanks UMC at 2:00 pm.

Our Easter Celebration will begin at 9:30 am with an Outside (weather permitting) Sunrise Viewing of the Empty Tomb followed by a church breakfast. We will then proceed into the sanctuary for our Easter Morning Worship Celebration “He Has Risen” at 10:30 am.

It is my prayer that during Lent you will find these and other journey stations spiritually enlightening as we continue to experience our closer walk with God.

Pastor Gary

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