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This Sunday: February 26, 2018

8:45 Open Door Contemporary Worship
11:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary

"The PRAYER of Jesus" - Dr. Charles Grant

 Luke 11:1-4; Luke 18:9-14, 22:39-46

 

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Week of February 16, 2018

The Meaning of Jesus

On Ash Wednesday, we once again entered the season of Lent, the forty-day period of preparation leading up to Easter Sunday. The season of Lent is a time for reflection, meditation, and introspection. Lent is a time for “cleaning out our spiritual closets,” examining what is old, renewing what is valuable and precious, and discarding what is worn-out. Lent is a kind of cleaning up and washing out in order to welcome in the new life we celebrate on Easter. Lenten observance is a healthy and good thing to do for our individual spiritual vitality. 

This Lenten season the sermons will be organized by the theme “The Meaning of Jesus.” New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan has said, “It is not that we find once and for all who the historical Jesus was way back then. It is that each generation and century must redo that historical work and establish its best reconstruction, a reconstruction that will be and must be in some creative interaction with its own particular needs, visions, and programs.” 

Each week the sermon and accompanying liturgy will guide us as we reflect a particular dimension of Jesus’ life and teachings – and what Jesus means for us today. We begin this Sunday by considering the person of Jesus. On subsequent Sundays we will examine the prayer, politics, piety, passion, then on Easter Sunday, the power of Jesus.

The word “lent” is derived from an Old English word for spring, nature’s annual renewal of life. So also, may this Lenten season be a time for the renewal of our individual lives as followers of Christ, and renewal and rebirth within the First Presbyterian Church community.

Lord, who throughout these forty days for us did fast and pray,
teach us with you to mourn our sins and close by you to stay.

Thanks for listening,

 

Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Jim Ferguson
  • Nancy Gottwald
  • Dorothy Kuffler
  • Blanche Toms

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen
  • Jenny Sigel Burkett
  • Matthew Horton
  • Nathan Thomas Meade

Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care,  please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

Friday, Feb. 16
Harper Alberg
Russell Combs
Katie Duni
Ed Mullins
Nora Smith

Saturday, Feb. 17
Shirley Baker
Gaye Hill
Peggy Larus
Gray McDermid

Sunday, Feb. 18
Annabel Edge
Alice Land
Gary McDowell

Monday, Feb. 19
Pam Bolling
Dudley Bowman
Judy Brittingham
Colin Chewning
Judy Flohr
Chase Hager
Frances Reynolds 

Tuesday, Feb. 20
Nancy Bowman
Joanna Erwin
Gordon Ginder
Laurie Hemler
Bobby Larus
Betsy Leshner
Hunter Scott

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Philip Halsey
Anne Perry
Daisy Storey
Preston Williams

Thursday, Feb. 22
Debbie Brooks
Chip Hatcher, IV
Bob Nolley, III
Randy Rollins
Marshall Smith
Molly Westbrook
Dave Wojdyla

Friday, Feb. 23
Dot Pauley
Tori Spivey
Shannon White

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