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A brief Ash Wednesday Service will be held, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Burned palm branches from last Palm Sunday will provide the ashes. The service will include scripture, prayers, hymns, as well as the imposition of ashes.
Pastor Marg is also offering ashes to the Pender Hill Preschool parents and staff at the time of drop off on Ash Wednesday at 9:30 am. The sign of ashes on the forehead is a powerful symbol of repentance and marks the beginning of Lent.
Your participation is encouraged.
More about Pender’s services for Lent
And Chuck Knows Church says…
Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone’s forehead as they walk out of church? That’s a sign of the cross and it means it’s Ash Wednesday during Lent.
Chuck tells you about this important worship service:
When did United Methodists start the “imposition of ashes” on Ash Wednesday?
While many think of actions such as the imposition of ashes, signing with the cross, footwashing, and the use of incense as something that only Roman Catholics or high church Episcopalians do, there has been a move among Protestant churches, including United Methodists to recover these more multisensory ways of worship. This is in keeping with a growing recognition that people have multiple ways of learning and praying.
Worship that is oriented to the intellect or to the emotions, both interior, leaves out those who engage in prayer through vision, smell, touch, movement, and so forth. We are increasingly aware that people are formed in faith when practices become embedded in memory, nerves, muscles and bone through sensory engagement.
United Methodists have had resources for worship that include the imposition of ashes since 1979 when Ashes to Fire was published as Supplemental Worship Resource 8. This practice became part of our official worship resources in 1992 when General Conference adopted The United Methodist Book of Worship. See the service for Ash Wednesday, p. 321-324. It is, of course, optional and no congregation or individual is required to use it.
Other such practices were adopted in 1992. SeeThe United Methodist Book of Worship for:
This FAQ was prepared by Rev. Daniel Benedict, Center for Worship Resourcing, The General Board of Discipleship.
The original article is at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/when-did-united-methodists-start-the-imposition-of-ashes-on-ash-wednesday
Destined in Love
At our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am services on October 13, Guest Speaker Thom Jones will preach on “Destined in Love” based on scriptures Ephesians 1:3-10 and Ephesians 1:11-14.
The book of Ephesians hits on a wide range of moral and ethical behaviors, designed to ensure believers are living up their (our) heavenly calling. As we continue in our faith from day to day, month to month, and year to year, the temptation to get too comfortable will always exist. However, the Apostle Paul presented the gift of God in Christ and the benefits we receive so clearly that we cannot help but ask ourselves if our lives reflect that reality as they should.
How have you grown in your Christian life since you came to faith in Jesus Christ? The words in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians makes clear that spiritual growth occurs primarily in community with others – in other words: WE NEED YOU AT CHURCH.
Maturity yields benefits in believers’ moral lives, but it extends far beyond that as well. Increased maturity benefits the community at large, leading us to present a more consistent witness to the working of God in our lives as well as protecting us from the harmful divisions and quarrels that have plagued so many communities throughout history.
God so loved the world – He has destined us in love. Come to church; feel the love, and help spread His word.
We hope to see you in church on Sunday.
Also on Sunday
Other events this week:
Sunday, Oct 13
Monday, Oct 14
Tuesday, Oct 15
Wednesday, Oct 16
Thursday, Oct 17
Saturday, Oct 19
See you soon – at Pender
World Communion Sunday offers us an opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith.
The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church.
On that day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers.
Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith.
Come, celebrate at Pender today at our One Table service at 10:00 AM
Today will be Pastor Catharine’s Last Sunday with us as she will be retiring.
Sunday will be a busy day!
Taste and See That the Lord is Good
At our 8:15, 9:30 and 11 am services Thom Jones will preach on Taste and See That the Lord is Good based on scriptures Psalm 34:1-10 and Psalm 34:11-22
Psalms 34: This psalm from David contains both thanksgiving to God and instruction for all of us.
First, David praises God for the experience which he and others had realized of His goodness.
Secondly, he encourages all good people to trust in God and to seek Him.
The third thing he does is give good counsel to us all, as unto children, to take heed of sin, and to show awareness of our duty both to God and to our fellow man (and woman). Finally, David enforces this good counsel by showing God’s favour to the righteous and His displeasure against the wicked, in which he sets before us good and evil: the blessing and the curse. As we sing the psalm, we are to give glory to God, but we are also ordered to teach and admonish ourselves and one another. It’s a joyful lesson, in a humbling sort of way.
We hope to see you in church on Sunday.