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March 11, 2018 They Cried To The Lord
"Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story!" - Psalm 19:1
Do you have a story to tell? A time you cried out to the Lord in hope or frustration, in praise or in anger? The psalms describe a God who is always present, always listening, always longing for our return. No matter what your story, join us this Sunday and cry out to the Lord in worship as we praise the One who is with us now and forever.
THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins this year on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14th) and ends on Holy Saturday (March 31st). Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. (from umc.org)
In Christ's Grace and Peace,
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
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