Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Friday, April 19, 2019
Come, Love, Grow, Share

 From the Pastor's Pen...

Michael B. Curry, who is Bishop of the Episcopal Church wrote: “Lent has two remarkable bookends.” On one side, he said, is Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019) when we are reminded that we’re dust but God loves us even in our dustiness. The other side, Easter, (April 21st) is when we celebrate God’s love and the power it has to transform US and the world. Lent, which is the 40 days before Easter (don’t count Sundays.) It’s a time, much like Advent, that we can be deliberate for ourselves and encourage each other to take some time for what it means to live a Christian life. What does that mean?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5

As we follow in Jesus’ footsteps THIS Lent, let’s take thoughtful time to consider the ultimate goal – to live out God’s love for the world. Regretfully, there isn’t anything written, anywhere, that says this journey will be easy.

There are going to be times that we struggle and even stumble, but we’re not alone. Because we’re all God’s children we’re connected and share in this: that we realize God’s plan. Jesus came to show us how!

So, whatever we choose to do in Lent - whether it’s giving up something that causes us to struggle and stumble (and keeps us locked up by worldly things) OR taking on a new discipline - let’s practice, together, ways we can participate in sharing and showing God’s love in the world… following in the footsteps of Jesus and loving each other.

I’ll be emailing a daily Lenten devotional (one I’ve had in a file for a while) and also posting it on the Pikes Peak UMC Facebook page. Perhaps, as a discipline, you could share it with others in your contact list. In addition, our series of messages from Ash Wednesday to Easter is called “With All Your Heart.” This might just be the invitation you need to welcome others into worship with us through Lent 2019 and beyond.

And love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

We’re starting Lent, on Ash Wednesday with “Soup and Ashes” in the parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll begin our Lent Bible study Seven-Mile Miracle: Experience the Last Words of Christ As Never Before that day. After that, the study will be at lunchtime on Thursdays. Books are ordered! We’ll have an evening worship service for Ash Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Prayers are being raised about who will participate. Be sure to read everything this edition of the Lamplighter has to share. 

We’ve been blessed!  Now, let’s BE a blessing!
I’m blessed to be in ministry with you at Pikes Peak UMC! 

Pastor Dea