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Ash Wednesday – Yet Even Now

Ash Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm

Dear Pender Friends,

I want to encourage you to participate in our “Ash Wednesday” livestream this Wednesday, February 17, at 7pm.

As always, we will be on YouTube, Facebook, and the church’s website and we’ll be returning to a presentation style that is more familiar to you. You might be asking, “Why do we need Lent this year?” With the pandemic, we’ve been through the “Lentiest Lent that has ever Lented”. As for self-reflection, “Just what do you think we were doing during the months we were on lock-down?”

But, maybe this year, more than ever, we need to focus on Jesus. We need to focus on the cross and the hope it brings. In the Lenten box delivered to your home, get your charcoal out and be ready at 7pm on Wednesday! I’ll provide instructions as to how to apply “the sign of the cross” during the livestream.

Grace and Peace,
Will

p.s. Children love symbols, so please include them. There will be a special “Time with Children” for them.


“Yet Even Now”

Worship Service, Time with Children, Sermon, Use of Ashes

(In your Lenten bag, there is some charcoal, please have it on hand when the service begins.  Please enjoy the soup supper before or after worship as a reminder to live simply during Lent.)

 

Adults, please listen for the answers to the following…

 

What is the significance of the ashes?

 

What kind of ashes do we use “normally”?

 

What does it mean to repent?

 

Why is that important?

 

Think about what YOU can do to participate in Lenten discipline this year.

 

Help children experience Ash Wednesday…

 

  • First, include them! Kid’s love symbols.  They get it!
  • Tell the children that they know the “brands” of their sneakers, backpacks, coats, etc. Ask them to tell you about their favorite brands…
    • Then say, “What does it mean to make the cross your ‘brand’ for life”?
  • Tell them, “From tonight until Easter Sunday (April 4th), we want to be the best followers of Jesus we can be.”
    • Ask them, “What should we do?”
    • Then ask, “What should we not do?”
  • Tell them that the sign of the ashes means, “You belong to Jesus.” Encourage them to wear the sign of the cross (charcoal) on their foreheads for the rest of the night.

 

 
 

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Follow Me!

Rev. Will White continues his series “Follow Me!”

The Third Message will be “Follow Me” based on Jonah 3:1-5101 Corinthians 7:29-31 and Mark 1:14-20

How do we convince people that following Jesus is not simply about a state of being, but a call to doing? Certainly, there is a need for training, for preparation, for growing as disciples; but the end is always an outward focus, always looking for ways to connect, to widen the net.

Bulletins

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If you know someone unable to watch or listen to the Traditional service on a computer or device, they may use any phone to listen to the audio at 1-571-200-7103

Each Sunday service is available for about a week, then the latest takes its place.

Sunday online services are:

 

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Anything Good from the series Follow Me!

Rev. Will White continues his series “Follow Me!”

The Second Message will be “Anything Good”based on 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and John 1:43-51

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” That’s our guiding phrase from our gospel text for this week. “Anything good?” Surely you can hear how that sounds. Surely in our contentious environment, you hear the presupposition behind the sarcasm. You can hear the prejudice tucked away in such an innocuous joke. 

We are potentially dealing with some difficult topics this week. They are not difficult because they are complicated but because they are threatening. And personal. And most folk have some pretty entrenched positions on race and ethnicity..

Invite a friend to watch! 

As always, please like, comment, and share on Facebook

Please subscribe and comment on YouTube!

If you know someone unable to watch or listen to the Traditional service on a computer or device, they may use any phone to listen to the audio at 1-571-200-7103

Each Sunday service is available for about a week, then the latest takes its place.

Sunday online services are:

 

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Watch Night 2020

 

John Wesley believed that Methodists and all Christians, should reaffirm their covenant with God annually, so he created a service in which an individual renews his/her covenant with God.

 

In 1755 Wesley held his first covenant service using words written earlier by Richard Alleine. Wesley published this service in a pamphlet in 1780, and this form was used without alteration for nearly a century in England. It has been modified somewhat in more recent years.

 

The covenant hymn, “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine,” was written for this service by Charles Wesley. The service is included in The Book of Worship under the title “An Order of Worship for Such as Would Enter Into or Renew Their Covenant with God–For Use in a Watch Night Service, on the First Sunday of the Year, or Other Occasion.”

 

This covenant service is often used in United Methodism as a Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve. The covenant service is observed in some local churches on New Year’s Day or on the first Sunday in January. The service focuses on the Christian’s renewing the covenant of response to the grace of God in Christ.

 

 

 

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A Pender Christmas Eve

A Pender Christmas Eve
~Livestream~
6:30pm “Christmas Concert”
Our concert features a variety of styles, as well as both familiar and new Christmas music.
7pm “Fireside Worship”
A service that will include lessons, carols, sermon, and candlelight.
Watch on following platforms!
website:  www.penderumc.org
YouTube:  Pender UMC
Live Nativity Drive Through
From 8:30pm – 9:30pm at our campus located at 12401 Alder Woods Drive in Fairfax, VA.
On a looped course through our church’s parking lot, you’re invited to drive past a Nativity scene of Pender UMC members, staff, and friends.
This drive through event is a safe and fun way to experience the joy of the Savior’s birth.

 

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