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Why is the Easter season 50 days long?

 

Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).

Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.

Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.

From http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/why-is-the-easter-season-fifty-days-long

 

 

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We would LOVE for you to join our New Bible Studies!

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Sundays

crazy-loveCrazy Love by Francis Chan, beginning Sept. 11th at 11am

The God of the universe is crazy about you! His love is the most powerful thing in the world and He wants to give it to you, so you can live for Him.

If you have made a commitment to follow Christ, then read Crazy Love to be reminded and challenged in your walk. Sharing from his own life struggles and sacrifices, author Francis Chan issues a call for selfless, Christ-like living. Let the love you have received from God impact your life like never before.

If interested, please contact Colin Tucker.

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Colossians and Philemon, beginning Sept. 11th at 9:30 am in Rooms 218-220

The New Directions Sunday School Class will be using one of the Life Change Bible Studies. We are always interested in welcoming new members!


Tuesdays

New Ladies Tuesday Bible Study, beginning at 9:30 am on Sept. 13 in Room 218


Wednesdays

ephesiansWednesday Night Women’s Bible Study, beginning Sept. 14th at 7:30-9:30pm

Pender women are invited to join the Wednesday Women’s study group as we begin a 10-week study on the Book of Ephesians, Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ, written by Sue Edwards.

We meet from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Pender Library. Books will be provided at the first meeting. Please join us as we explore the Bible together and enjoy a time of fellowship and prayer.

 

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Thursday Night Lenten Suppers

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Join us on Thursday nights at 6pm during the Lenten season for dinner and fellowship. It is a perfect opportunity to meet new people and to deepen your understanding of Lent.

Following dinner, Pastor Dan will be leading a discussion on Christ as Easter approaches.

We ask for a donation each week to cover the cost of our meals.

Please RSVP to Claire Sax by clicking here or by signing up at the Sign-Up Center in the church lobby.

Thursday Night Lenten Supper Menu:

Tonight – February 18th– pizza

February 25th– spaghetti

March 3rd– sandwiches

March 10th– soup

March 17th– pot luck

 

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Christmas Music, Part 16 – We Three Kings

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“We Three Kings”, also known as “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi”, is a Christmas carol written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music.

We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav’n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

From Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis gives this song an “Arabian Nights” feel. A classic song that tells the story of the Gentiles who were quicker to recognize the significance of Christ’s birth than were His own people. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Christmas Music, Holidays, Posts of Interest

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Philippians 1:9-10

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Today’s Bible Verse

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” –Philippians 1:9-10

 

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Romans 15:7

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Today’s Bible Verse
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” –Romans 15:7
 

 

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Philippians 2:1-2

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Today’s Bible Verse
“[Imitating Christ’s Humility] Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” –Philippians 2:1-2

 

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