Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
Thank you, Jeana Burchfield and Peggy Vinson, for doing a great job as the co-chairs of our Centennial Planning Committee. Along with Jeana and Peggy, thanks go out to a “holy host” of others who worked tirelessly to make Sunday’s worship celebration and meal such a great success. As they used to say in the movies, “We have a cast of thousands!” Well, we might not have thousands of people to thank for their hard work, but we have a lot! After all, you don’t think Sunday’s events happened all by themselves, do you? Actually, Jeana, Peggy and company have been thinking, praying and planning since last October. After all, the greater the event, the more preparation is required!
All this brings me to another matter of great importance. This Wednesday, March 5th, marks the beginning of Lent. Frankly, we, as United Methodists, can be pretty slack when it comes to observing Ash Wednesday and Lenten disciplines. It shouldn’t be that way! Our Catholic and Episcopalian brothers and sisters do a much better job! If the great success of our Centennial Celebration teaches us anything, it should be the value of planning and preparation. It took five full months of prayer, planning, preparation and hard work to make it happen. It takes forty days of self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial and reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word to make Easter happen.
Imagine what a “train wreck” our centennial would have been if we had done nothing to prepare. Well, Easter is the same way. If we fail to take the time and make the effort “to observe a Holy Lent”, we risk missing out on the full meaning of Easter. Indeed, apart from Lent, the Easter message can actually fall a little flat. You see, the two go together and should not be separated. Without Lent, we find ourselves woefully unprepared to greet the dawn on Easter Sunday, embrace the light and receive the message. So, join me now as we engage in forty days of hard work and preparation for the joy of resurrection and new life during the Easter season which follows.
I’ll see you in church on Sunday!