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cultivating & letting go

Cultivating & Letting Go

Ash Wednesday 3/6/2019 – Good Friday 4/19/2019

Cultivate (verb): to prepare and use for the raising of crops; to foster the growth of; to improve by labor, care, or study; to refine; to further; to encourage.

Let go (verb): relinquish one’s grip on someone or something
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Lent is a season of spiritual gardening, of inviting God to unearth in us what lies fallow, what needs to be tended, and what needs to die for new life to emerge. This Lent, we’re embracing the literal and spiritual practices of cultivating and letting go.

The poetry, art and inspiration for this series comes from A Sanctified Art LLC. Used with permission.

Wed March 6 (Ash Wednesday at Noon & 7 p.m.) – Cultivating Interdependence & Letting Go of Isolation – Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17 

Sun March 10 – Cultivating Rest & Letting Go of Exhaustion – Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
Sun March 17 – Cultivating Feelings & Letting Go of Denial – Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35
Sun March 24 – Cultivating Healing & Letting Go of Haste – Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-9
Sun March 31 – Cultivating Grace & Letting Go of Judgment – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Sun April 7 – Cultivating Compassion & Letting Go of Discomfort – Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8
Sun April 14 (Palm Sunday) – Cultivating Acceptance & Letting Go of Comprehension – Luke 19:28-40, Luke 22: 39-46

Fri April 19 (Good Friday at 7 p.m.) – Cultivating Resilience & Letting Go of Betrayal – Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42

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Lent for Everyone Year C

Lent Devotional 2019

Read through the Gospel of Luke this Lent and read a short reflection each day by N.T. Wright, a retired Anglican Bishop and New Testament scholar. Copies of the daily devotional book Lent for Everyone will be available from February 17 for a suggested $12 donation. Readings start on Ash Wednesday March 6 and finish…

2019 Special Session of the General Conference

2019 Special Session of the General Conference

UPDATE 2: The Judicial Council, the United Methodist’s top court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan.  Details on our website here. UPDATE: The Conference has concluded. The Traditional Plan was passed (see below). This plan retains the restrictive language of the Discipline and toughens prohibitions on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The…

scouts bsa

Launching Troop 523 for Girls

Scouts BSA Troops for Girls is now forming Troop 523 Open to young ladies from 11-17 years old. UPDATE:  The regular meeting time is now Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m. (not 7 p.m.) Would you like to explore the great outdoors? Learn leadership skills? Build self-confidence? Give back to the community? Earn merit badges and rank advancement? Would you like a…

fear

Fear Less

1/6/2019 – 2/17/2019

We all experience a measure of anxiety, worry or fear in our lives. We may fear heights, or spiders or speaking in public. We worry about our children, careers, money or health. Sometimes we fear those who are different; we fear the future, rejection, aging or our own mortality. Among the most frequently repeated statements in all of scriptures is, “Do not be afraid.” But how do we overcome worry, anxiety and fear? How can we live unafraid, fearless? In our sermon series fear<less, we will explore how our fears and anxieties can imprison or paralyze us, and instead, how to live a life that is not controlled by fear. With insight and comfort from the Christian faith and spiritual practices, we will search together for inner peace and strength. Based on the book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton.

January 6 – Paralyzed by Fear – Numbers 13:1-2, 13:17-14:10
January 13 – Fear of the Other – Genesis 4:1-9
January 20 – Fear of Rejection – Mark 2:1-12
January 27 – Fear of Illness – Matthew 6:26-34
February 10 – Fear of a Bleak Future – John 5:1-9
February 17 – Fear of the Lord – Matthew 8:23-27

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stand-alone sermons 2019

Stand-Alone Sermons 2019

Here you will find the sermons that were preached in 2019 to stand on their own, rather than in a series.

February 3 – We Won’t Back Down – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
February 24 – Love is Hard – Luke 6:27-38
March 3 – The Long View – Luke 9:28-43
May 12 – An Array of Pasture – Psalm 23
June 23 – With Jesus in the Boat – Matthew 8:23-37
June 30 – Your One Wild & Precious Life – Deuteronomy 30:15-20, John 15:5-14

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