I’ve been down in the shop this morning. I’m working on a new project. It’s a small stand for my mother-in-law. The piece is going together with mortise and tenon joints.
As I was cleaning up and fine tuning the fit I realized something. In many ways the work that I was doing was similar to the work of Lent. Hear me out.
In order to join the two boards together I first have to make a hole in the piece that will become the leg. I started by drilling out much of the waste and then had to clean it up. Removing that waste is a bit like the work that we do removing the sin in our lives during this season. There is “extra stuff” within us, stuff that is not needed for who God is shaping us to be. In order to be turned into that good creation we have to remove the waste.
But this removal is twofold. It not only removes what is unnecessary, it also makes room for what is to come. As we empty these spaces in our lives and our hearts, there must also be something that fills it. It is the hope of this fulfillment that we find in the empty tomb. It is what we long for, await for this Lenten season.
As we continue through this Lenten journey together I invite you to be at work removing the waste, the extra bits that are not for you to be made into God’s good creation, but I also invite you to see this as an opportunity to make space for the Risen Christ whom we await.
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know what will be coming up over the next few weeks in worship.
This Sunday we will be continuing our sermon series on money and possessions entitled “Not Your Everyday Series About Money.” This week I will be offering up some investment advice that you do not want to miss. We will also be joined by the Boy Scouts in our 11am service as we celebrate them and their work in our community.
On Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm, we will be gathering together to celebrate Ash Wednesday. I invite you all to come out to this service as we prepare our hearts for the upcoming Lenten season.
And with the Lenten season will come a new sermon series that begins on February 14th called “Journey to the Cross: A Look at Jesus’ Final Week.” With this series we will follow the final week of Jesus’ life day by day. We will begin on the 14th with the entry into Jerusalem. In order to capture the progression of this movement from Sunday to Friday to Easter, we will actually celebrate Palm Sunday and the Triumphal Entry on February 14th. (Just a head’s up so you aren’t taking off guard.)
I am really looking forward to this series and what I think will be a very informative and moving look at Christ’s last days.
Denver area United Methodist churches have challenged Charlotte area United Methodist churches to a food drive between now and Super Bowl Sunday. All items donated through Park Street will go to the food bank at the BCO. The BCO is currently in need of grits, oatmeal, jelly, and mac & cheese. Please drop off your items at the church anytime between now and Sunday February 7th so that we can take a count and turn in our results. The food will be delivered after our final count.
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This past week we had our first Administrative Council meeting of the new year. I wanted to take just a moment to thank all of those leaders who served our church in 2015.
2015 was an outstanding year for us at Park Street. Our youth program now averages 25-30 every week. We added 12 new members to our congregation last year (including 3 professions of faith). Our financials also finished on the positive side for the first time in quite a few years.
I say all of those things to say thank you to our past leaders, our present leaders, and to all of you in the congregation who made these things possible. We are truly one body working towards one common mission.
I look forward to 2016 as we continue “Growing Discipleship Through Relationships!”