Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 9:00am and 10:30am
“Direct my footsteps…” Psalm 119:133
Dear SDUMC Family,
Once again, we have entered the season of Lent. As I come into seasons such as Advent and Lent, you can often find a to-do list on my desk (or a few to-do lists to remind me of the lists I have made or things I forgot to do already…that is my Lenten confession).
On this Lenten Friday, I thought I would share with you a hopeful to-do list and remind you of what we can do to find transformation in our lives this Lent.
- Worship – Our Lenten sermon series will be The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. I hope you’ll join us at 8, 9, or 10:30 for worship or Wednesday night at Vespers.
- 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 others. Even if this is a busy time in your life, I hope you’ll pick up, The Walk (also, a prayer journal and a study guide on the Scriptures by our dear friend, Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin) and join us on this journey. There is a listing of small groups in this E-news (one that is on-line if this is a truly busy season) or stop by the Small Group Table on Sunday. We’ll also have a special All-Church study on reading the scriptures with Dr. Michael Lodahl (read more below).
- Pray – Take some time each day during Lent to pause five 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 naturally use the prayer journal at the Small Group Table and I know you will find yourself more fulfilled as we enter the Easter Season. Also, we have a vibrant Centering Prayer Group on Mondays and Vespers at 5:30 on Wednesdays. Please call the office for more information.
- Fast – I know this isn’t an easy one, but I would challenge you to join me to give up a special dessert or beverage once a day and put the money in our spare change buckets (you’ll see them around campus) for Rise Against Hunger ministry on April 19th (I think it will be an exciting way to see how much giving up one dessert or beverage a day will do for us physically and helping those who are desperately hungry). Also, think about fasting from things you need to let go of in your life to open yourself to God this Lent.
Also, this is a Communion Sunday and I hope you will bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Resource Center (you may place it on the back table). Thanks, my friends, and we’ll share some other activities as we walk through Lent together! I can’t wait to worship with you at 8, 9, or 10:30 this Sunday!
Grace and Peace, John
PS We are aware of the present health concerns and we will have a safe and holy way to receive Communion this week. Let us pray for those who are suffering from many illnesses in our neighborhoods and around the world.