A common discipline among many Christians is to willingly give up something (fasting) for Lent as a reminder of what Jesus sacrificed for us. I read a thought provoking note on this practice on a web site called, Ministry Matters. Allow me to share it with you directly.
“Many people give up something during Lent. But in our culture, fixated on self-improvement as we are, this can result in a big misunderstanding: we start (even if only in the back of our minds) to think of a Lenten fast in terms of a diet! But Lent is not New Year's Resolutions Round Two! Lent is not about us! Lent is about Jesus Christ. In Lent we might give up something, do a specific prayer discipline, or change something to push ourselves spiritually. But the point is not self-improvement. The point is not even just self-denial. The point is to feel a little discomfort, a little pain, and by that to be constantly reminded of the love of our Savior Jesus Christ, who denied himself for our salvation. If you observe Lent with prayer and fasting, use that prayer and fasting first of all to remember Jesus. If Lent is not about getting to know Jesus Christ better, it really is a waste of time.”
Lent then is about getting to know Jesus better, and I would add, to follow him more closely. I pray for you and for the Pine Street United Methodist family, that we will fully participate in the opportunities to reflect readily, dig deeply and grow closer during our Lenten journey together.
Karen Atanasoff, Lead Pastor
The 10:45 a.m. service is broadcast on radio
station WWPA, 1340 AM.
Childcare is provided during all services.
May 18, 2013 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Pine Street UMC will be holding a car wash in the parking lot from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon, proceeds benefit Family Promise. Bring your car and have it washed by volunteers helping to raise funds for Family Promise of Lycoming County.
June 17 - 21, 2013 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM