Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Come, Love, Grow, Share

From the Pastor's Pen...

February brings several different observed celebrations – like Ground Hog Day, President’s Day, and Valentine’s Day. Many of us complain of the busy-ness of our lives and how many commitments we have on the calendar. So, as Lent begins this month, let’s take a look at how we spend and use our time and whether those uses of our time are well-spent… or what God would like us to be doing with our time at all.

The Season of Lent, a preparatory time culminating the night before Easter Morning, begins on Ash Wednesday… which is also Valentine’s Day this year; February 14.
Isn’t it interesting how God has used the calendar for His purpose this time? The day we celebrate love (with dinners and candy and flowers) is, in 2018, the day we “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The 40 days of Lent are a time for stepping back a bit to examine ourselves, to remember the real reason that Jesus was born (to save us from our sins) and enables us to confront our less-than-perfection lives.

Ash Wednesday Service
with Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Then, through the Lenten season we’ll how we need to slow down and see what God is doing. I’ll be using a series of messages called “Do You Have the Time?”

YOU’RE INVITED to be intentional with others in your Family of Faith at PPUMC. And, I hope that you’ll do some outreach of your own to invite others to join us, too, as we discuss these topic ideas:

  • Being intentional to have a time with God.
  • Checking to be sure our activities are for the right reasons. 
  • Giving additional time to God (and fasting from something else that takes our time.) 
  • Being sure that our social media/online time is effectively spreading the message of love.
  • Being aware of the “timer count down.”
  • Slowing down.

As we go through Lent, I pray that we’ll see how God is using us, yep US, for God’s purpose. We’ve been called to be disciples of Jesus Christ…for the transformation of the world – AND GOD is prepared to use us just as we are; right where we are to bring God’s message of hope and love to those feeling lost on their particular faith journey.

We aren’t alone – we’re part of a community of faith. I find it interesting that Jesus called his disciples from the fishing boats and from a tax booth (and other unseemly places) into a motley group who had to learn to work together… and serve together… and love others (starting among themselves.) That plan seemed to work! And I believe that model works well in our Family of Faith, too.

Right where we are: let’s begin Lent by addressing real life circumstances (and people) and learn how faith in Christ is relevant to everyday life and how having a faith community can make all the difference.

And, continue to be... abiding in Him,

Pastor Dea