“Lent: Time to remember”
Opening Prayer: God, we remember through Ash Wednesday how prone we are to get lost and through Lent, how You are always calling us home. Yet for many of us it is hard to return home to Someone we don't know, have forgotten or fear. Remind us once again or for the first time of the sound of Your voice. “Here is the Voice you're to return to,” said Your prophet Joel to Israel, “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, very patient, full of faithful love, and ready to forgive.” As we journey, especially when it is hard, remind us who You are, Lord. We pause in silence to listen once again and allow the prophet's words to make their own journey from our minds to our hearts.
You, our God, are: merciful compassionate very patient full of faithful love ready to forgive. (20 seconds of silence) With Jesus as our guide, we are ready to stop going our own way, to turn around, and come home. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 51:6-12
Reflection: “Lent: Time to remember” I was asked by a friend about Lent a few weeks ago. It was a really great question about how we are doing things differently this year without putting ashes on our bodies and is that still an okay way to start Lent? Psalm 51 reminds us, it isn’t about ashes, it isn’t about what outward symbols we use, but what is the Spirit deep inside of me doing? The Pslamist is begging God to help them remember the joy of being a child of God, and to return that to them. That is the whole point of Lent – a time to return back to God and return to what we were always meant to be. Over the course of the year, we get distracted we loose our way we get so many messages from the world, from those around us, our jobs, the media, our friends and family of what we should be, what we should think who we should be …we loose our way. We get distracted, we forget who we are, who we were meant to be. We lose sight of our beloved-ness in God’s sight and chase other’s expectations of us and others dreams forgetting the Kingdom Jesus told us we were to be working for here and now with him on. Lent is our time to remember. It is a time to turn back towards God and remember that we are only here for a short period of time, don’t waste it chasing after someone else’s expectations. We are invited into the next forty days to dig deep, invest in our spiritual practices, and remember who we are. To turn away from those things that distract us (aka sin) from all the things God has in store for us. With the mark of the ashes on the pieces of cloth that many of you have, or for those who don’t have access to them, I invite you now to find a dusty spot in your home and mark a cross and remember: from dust you came and to dust you shall return. What you choose to do with the time in between is up to you. God is inviting you into something more this Lent. Won’t you join us in a time of listening to what those possibilities are? This week we will be learning more about prayer. What is God inviting you to? What is weighing you down that you need to let go of this Lent? What do you need to turn from in order to experience the hope and joy God has in store for you? Invitation to Lenten Observance: We come to celebrate in the next 40 Days this season of Lent. I invite you to hold your pieces of cloth with ashes upon it. Through out this time remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. While we are here for such a short time let us turn once again towards our God who created us and rejoices in us to be all that we are with joy. Every time we see this piece of cloth remember and turn towards God. Pastor: In Jesus Christ, you are forgiven People: In Jesus Christ, We all have peace.
Music: “Come Away with Me” played by Sharon DelSignore, sung by Jennie Mantle.
Benediction: Go now to love and serve God and one another. In the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.
Leader: “Let us not forget what God has called us to do:” SSUMC: “Welcoming Worship, Enjoying Fellowship, Serving Others” AUMC: “Worshiping God, Loving All, Serving the World”
Postlude: Dan Stevers Blessing In The Chaos
Additional Readings Monday – Psalm 111 Tuesday – Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Wednesday – Mark 1:21-28 Thursday – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Friday – 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Saturday – Matthew 25:34-40
Announcements and Updates Men’s Bible study on Acts on Tuesday at 7:00 pm please join us. One -hour – We will be reviewing Mark 9 and 10. Wednesdays – 10:30 am Sunday School in the Fellowship Hall, kids can unmask at tables, open to anyone. Come hear a story, do a craft and play. Yarn/Fiber ministry will meet Wednesday at 12:30 in the fellowship hall to work on prayer shawls/blankets. All are welcome, even if you want to learn. Thursday, 10:00 am Bible Study on 1st Corinthians. (about an hour and a half). Thursday evening at 7:00 pm Book Study – Adam Hamilton’s Half Truths. Finish reading ch. 5. Wednesday Workshops every Wednesday of Lent (Prayer, scripture, fasting, confession, worship, and silence) at 7:00 pm by zoom each week about 45 minutes to an hour to try out each discipline. Please sign up. Prayer partners for Lent – Let me know if you are interested. February 28, 2:00 pm quarterly pprc meeting March 7, 2:00pm Adams Council Meeting If things change and we need to close the building due to COVID we will announce it through our website, email and Facebook. We are streaming on Facebook, YouTube and our Website (adamsumc.com). Our YouTube station is: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMz_gyuD38XKJ6GWgB2atFg) Once we get 100 followers we can make our YouTube actually say our name so folks can find us easier – so for right now just click the link. If you are willing to read scripture Sue Gamet can record you over the phone for the services! (firstname.lastname@example.org)