“A Lenten Journey with John: A New Beginning” – March 6, 2022

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 9:30am
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"O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen." Henri Nouwen

Dear SDUMC Family,

Once again, we have entered the season of Lent. During the seasons such as Advent and Lent, you can often find a to-do list on my desk (or a few post-it notes to remind me of the to-do lists I have made or things I forgot to do already...that is my Lenten confession).

On this first Lenten weekend, I thought I would share with you a hope-filled to-do list and remind each other of what we can do to grow in our spiritual lives this Lent.

1. Worship - Our Lenten sermon series will be A Lenten Journey With John (that is John the Gospel writer). I hope you'll join us at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (also Livestreamed and on YouTube), and Wednesday nights for Lenten Vespers at 6 p.m. (over Zoom). Perhaps this is the season to regather with us in person (we are working diligently to keep things safe in the Sanctuary during these uncertain days).

2. Spend Some Time In Study - Small Groups are always a great way to get to know others in our faith community. More importantly, when I study the Bible with others, I always come away learning more as I hear God speaking through our holy collaborations. Even if this is a busy time in your life, I hope you'll pick up John: The Gospel of Light and Life (also, a guide to read through the Gospel of John this Lent) and join us on this journey. There are various small group options at SDUMC, and I hope you'll stop by the Small Group Table on Sunday. Our all-church study will be over Zoom on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. with our friend Rev. Dr. Michael Lodahl of Point Loma University.

3. Pray - Take some time each day during Lent to pause several times a day (it doesn't have to be long ((start with a minute and watch your prayer life grow)). If prayer doesn't come easy, watch for prayer resources in Sunday's E-news. Also, we have a vibrant Centering Prayer Group on Mondays (call the office for more information).

4. Fast - I know this isn't an easy one. Still, I would challenge you to join me and give up a special dessert or beverage once a day and put the money in our spare change basket (you'll see them around campus). We will use the funds for a Rise Against Hunger event on April 24th and local hunger ministries. I think we will be amazed by the results of giving up one dessert or beverage a day and what it will do for each of us and our world. Also, think about fasting from things you need to let go of in your life to open yourself to God this Lent.

I look forward to seeing you in worship at 8 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. this Sunday and journeying with you through Lent!

Grace and Peace,
John

P.S. Take a moment to join me in praying for the people of Ukraine and others living through violence, hunger issues, and clean water needs both near and far. Also, listen for how God is calling you to help as you pray.

P.P.S. As we begin this first Sunday of Lent, it is also a Communion Sunday - Share The Table Sunday. I hope you will bring a non-perishable food item(s) for the Community Resource Center (you may place it in the bins around the courtyard).

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