'lent' Tagged Posts

'lent' Tagged Posts

Worship Series: Giving It Up For God

We often hear that people are giving up all sorts of things for the season of Lent.  Some give up sweets, others give up chocolate, and yet others give up caffeine or alcohol.  In recent years more and more people are giving up social media and even TV.  Any of these sacrifices are no doubt admirable as long as we take on some spiritual discipline that leads us to a closer walk with Christ. This Lent we will consider what…

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 14, marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  At FUMC Allen, we offer two worship opportunities to observe Ash Wednesday: the first at 7:00am in the Upper Room Chapel and the second at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. The Imposition of Ashes Both of our Ash Wednesday services include the imposition of ashes, which is both a tangible and liturgical sign that you, along with the Church, have begun the sacred season of Lent and the journey to…

Lent

Lent includes 46 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally, we refer to it as the 40 days leading up to Easter because Sundays are not included in the count.  Sundays are not included because the day has long been considered the day of resurrection, which is why we worship on Sundays. The season of Lent is about practicing disciplines that further align us with the will of God. These disciplines lead us to a deeper belief in Jesus Christ. It is…

Service of Healing & Prayer

All healing is of God.   Healing is not magic.  God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering.  Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury and estrangement.   ALL that being said… this is not a laying on of hands or anointing with oil to HEAL as only God can heal. But a healing service will use the anointing of oil to…

This Week in Worship: What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?

Second Sunday in Lent Rev. Todd Harris, preaching The season of Lent is about practicing disciplines that further align us with the will of God. These disciplines lead us to a deeper belief in Jesus Christ. It is by belief that we are born again in the kingdom of God. What does it mean to be born again? To be born again is to desire Christ more and more and nothing else leading us once again to the practice of…

This Week in Worship: Called to Bear Fruit

  Jesus calls his disciples to bear fruit. We bear fruit by abiding with God. We abide with God first in worship. Corporate worship is the closest we come to being the person God created us to be. Worship is essential to the Christian life.  Yes, I worship God when I am in the mountains but if I worship God only in the mountains I miss the essential elements of what Christians have done throughout the ages as they worshiped…

Prayer Retreat: A Day Apart with God

Prepare to celebrate Easter.  Fulfill your longing.  Renew and deepen your faith.  Inspire your dreams and call.  Commit yourself to A Day Apart With God. In this prayer retreat, we will spend the day listening to God through Scripture, prayer, and nature.  Certified Spiritual Director Tami Gallaway will guide us in learning and experiencing a variety of prayer practices designed to draw you closer to God and to help you connect with Christ through open seeking and quiet presence to the…