From the Pastor - February 26, 2017
February 26, 2017, 2:38 PM

Dear Friends,

I was raised in a loosely practicing Irish Catholic home. Even at young age, I was able to figure out the rhythms of our life of faith. For example, in my childhood home you had to “give up” something for Lent. The year I tried to give up doing the dishes it was clearly explained to me you had to give up something you liked! 

The idea was that if you gave up pizza, then whenever you thought about pizza you were supposed to take that moment and think about God, or pray, or ponder what Jesus wanted you to do. In all honesty, it never worked for me. All it did was make me crave pizza, candy, soda or TV more than I ever normally had. That’s because it’s really hard to NOT think about something. If I ask you to not think about a pink elephant, you end up thinking about a pink elephant!

Instead of giving up something good in the vague hope that God will use our denial of self in some way, let’s give up some bad things together as a community of believers.

Our Sunday sermon series during Lent will be “Giving Up!” We will look at giving up some big things, and I think we will all be better for it.

Giving up Control
Giving up Expectations
Giving up Superiority
Giving up Enemies
Giving up Our Lives
Giving up Popularity
Giving up Death

Let’s all give up, together!

In God’s grip, Pastor Mark

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