First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

We are a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors

03/2018 Pastors Message

The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah...for I will forgive their wrongdoings and never again remember their sins.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ.
Everybody loves Lent.
    Actually...no. But, then again, it really isn’t meant for enjoyment. Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, (February 14th this year), and continues through Easter on April 1st, is a season of prayer and reflection as we spiritually walk with Jesus as he willing- ly made his way to Jerusalem; knowing that what awaited him there was a cross. The season concludes with Holy Week, which begins with Jesus entry into the Holy City on Palm Sunday (March 25th), and continues through his celebrating the Last Supper with his original disciples on Maundy Thursday, followed by his betrayal, mock trial and crucifixion on Good Friday.
    It is hard to think of such tragic and unjust events as celebrations. Why would anyone want to celebrate the pain and suffering Jesus experienced so long ago? And why would anybody think that the Friday of the crucifixion was “good?”
   The truth is that we do not celebrate the events of Lent. We remember with thanks- giving the sacrifice Jesus willingly faced for our reconciliation with God. But what we celebrate this season is the unconditional love that our Savior has for us and the op- portunity Lent provides us to reflect on who we are and who we can be through the grace of God.
    The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for spring. And, like spring itself, Lent is a season of transition, leading us to new life and new hope.
    I invite you to join us as we continue to journey through this holy season together. May it be a time of examination and reflection as we seek to become closer to God as we prepare ourselves for the pure joy of resurrection.
Peace

Pastor Jim

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