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Sunday, March 2, at Pender

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March 2nd Sermon: Pastor Kevin (RevKev) will be preaching on “The Holy Mystery” (Matthew 26:17-30) at all three services.

Click here for more information on our upcoming sermons.

You won’t want to miss our next Sermon Series beginning March 9th: “Give up Something Bad for Lent”

Listen to past sermons in the Pender Podcast.

Also on Sunday:
  • March 2: Sunday School Classes.  Read the brochure
  • March 2: Time Out for Parents,  9:15-10:30 am
  • March 2: Disciple II Bible Study, 4:00 pm
  • March 2: Turning Point Youth Group, ski retreat
  • March 2: Sing ‘N’ Celebrate, 7:00 pm
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March 2: Transfiguration Sunday

Transfiguration Sunday:  Why Do We Celebrate It Before Lent?

The background of this question lies in the differing practices of Christians in North America. United Methodists and many other denominations schedule the observance of the Transfiguration on the Sunday before Lent.

Why does the celebration of the Transfiguration take place just before Lent in United Methodist and other denominations that follow The Revised Common Lectionary?

The Book of Common Prayer collect for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany suggests why the Transfiguration of Our Lord is celebrated when it is:

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.(Book of Common Prayer according to the use of the Episcopal Church, 1979, page 217. Book of Common Prayer is public domain material and is used here with gratitude to the Episcopal Church and Church Publishing.)

We celebrate the revelation of Christ’s glory “before the passion” so that we may “be strengthened to bear our cross and be changed into his likeness.” The focus of the Lenten season is renewed discipline in walking in the way of the cross and rediscovery of the baptismal renunciation of evil and sin and our daily adherence to Christ.

At Easter, which reveals the fullness of Christ’s glory (foreshadowed in the Transfiguration), Christians give themselves anew to the gospel at the Easter Vigil where they share the dying and rising of Christ.

In the biblical context, the synoptic gospels narrate the Transfiguration as a bridge between Jesus’ public ministry and his passion. From the time of the Transfiguration, Jesus sets his face to go to Jerusalem and the cross.

 

From Chuck Knows Church:

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported by the Synoptic Gospels in which Jesus is transfigured upon a mountain. Why is this event lifted up and celebrated? Chuck will tell you.

 

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2014 Budget

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Click on this link to see our Pender 2014 Budget.

  • It was developed through months of prayer and discussion by our Lay Leadership and Pastors.
  • We believe the budget is Holy Spirit inspired and represents God’s direction for Pender.
  • It represents a hard look at our core mission work and the financial environment currently present.
  • Our priority in compiling the budget was to execute God’s vision.
  • Our second priority was to be good stewards of the resources God provides.

If you have questions or comments, please contact KT Tarro, Chair of Council, or Becky Bryan, Chair of the Finance Committee.

Your questions and comments are welcome!

 
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