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Share Your God Moments During Lent!

 

God works in our lives in so many wonderful ways.  As we spend time during the Lenten season focused on God’s presence, we would love to hear how you see God working in your lives or in the lives of others.  We believe the more you see God, the more you SEE God!  Share your God moments with us!  Look for this box located in the Church Lobby and write down your God moments!  

“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:4-7)

 

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When did United Methodists start the “imposition of ashes” on Ash Wednesday?

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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. See The United Methodist Book of Worship for:

  • footwashing for Holy Thursday, p. 351-354
  • meditation at the cross for Good Friday, p. 363-364
  • incense for Evening Praise and Prayer, p. 574

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

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Holidays, Lent, Posts of Interest

 

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Tonight: Ash Wednesday Service and Spaghetti Dinner

Ash Wednesday Service and Spaghetti Dinner

Pender’s American Heritage Girls will host an Ash Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner on March 1st, at 6 p.m. (served until 6:45, prior to our Ash Wednesday Service).

Donations welcome, proceeds will help support the needy in our community.

Dinner includes your choice of white or wheat pasta, meat or vegetarian sauce, garlic bread, salad & dessert.  Gluten-free option available if requested in advance.

Ash Wednesday Service on March 1st at 5:30 am and 7:30pm

Join us on March 1st at 5:30 am for a Prayer Service with Ashes and/or at 7:30 pm for our Ash Wednesday Worship Service.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

 

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For God so loved the world…Happy Valentine’s Day!

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  ~ John 3:16

 

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Today at Pender UMC ~ January 1, 2017

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Please join us this Sunday, January 1, 2017, at our 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 am Worship Services
Title: Starting Off Right
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
We’ll be using Wesley’s Covenant Prayer.

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen.

Pender’s Vision Statement: 

By following Jesus and reaching out to others, we seek God’s transformation of ourselves and our world.

Listen to past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Sunday Childcare

Wondering where to take your children on Sunday mornings? Below is a summary. More detailed information is available at the Welcome desk located in the main lobby and here.

  • NURSERY CARE ~ Birth through 2 years, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 1 ~ 2 yrs. – Adults, 9:30 am – 10:40 am
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL 2 ~ Grades 4 – Adults, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • CHERUB CHURCH ~ 3 yrs.- Kindergarten, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
  • JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP ~ Grades 1-3, 10:45 am – 11:30 am
  • JUNIOR CHURCH ~ Grades 1 – 5, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Calendar of Events

Also today:

  • Pender UMC Calendar Events
  • Get your event on the Pender UMC Calendar
  • This Week at Pender email newsletter
  • Items of the week needed for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to distribute to the needy in our area:
    • None: WFCM will be closed from 12/22-12/31.
      No donations will be accepted during that time period.

    Donations can be left in the blue grocery cart in the coat rack section.

  • The Pender Podcast is available in the iTunes Podcast series.  There is no charge to subscribe or listen to past sermons.  More information
  • Shop using AmazonSmiles and benefit the Capital Campaign! More information
  • Quick Link to My Pender Page
  • Registration is open for Music Groups.  More information
  • January 1: Traditional Service,  8:15 am. More information
  • January 1: Common Ground Service,  9:30 am. More information
  • January 1: Sunday School Classes.  9:30 am More information
  • January 1: New Directions Sunday School Class. We meet in Rooms 218-220 at 9:30 AM. If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson If any questions, feel free to contact Carol Wilson by email or at (703) 815-1744.
  • January 1: The 11:00am Sunday School Class is very excited to announce its new study of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters.” This is a timeless Christian classic that is as thought provoking today as it was when it was first released, and promises to spur great discussions about our faith, our church, and our nation. Contact Angie Green for more information.
  • January 1: Sunday School II for adults. 10:45 am-noon
  • January 1: Traditional Service,  11:00 am. More information
  • January 1: Teen Sunday School. 11:00 am-noon
 

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Happy New Year, 2017!

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You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance. ~ Psalm 65:11

 

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Merry Christmas!

 

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December 25, Christmas Morning

One Unified Service at 10:00 am

A service of Lessons and Carols

Listen to past sermons by Pastors Kenny Newsome, Dan Elmore and others in the Pender Podcast.

What to expect at Pender UMC

Directions to Pender

Christmas Begins With Christ

 

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