"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." Psalm 51:1-2
I don't know about you, but I am a sinner. Knowing I am a sinner, I know I need a Savior. As if I need reminding that I am a sinner, this time of year in the life and season of the church, I am made more aware of my sinfulness and my need for a Savior. March 5th is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a time for us, the church, to be reminded of the consequence of sin, our own mortality, and our ever growing need to confess our sins to a loving and gracious God. The season of Lent is a time for us, the church, to take inventory or evaluate our lives in our relationship with God and others. As we take inventory or evaluate our lives, it is hoped we will experience the need to repent from our selfish ways and turn to another way of living - God's way.
This Lenten season at Grace UMC, we will be in a sermon series entitled, Learning to Live. As we consider the call from God to repent and turn to God, how do we begin to live or learn to live in such a way? This Lenten season I pray we all will be challenged to turn from our way of thinking and living and turn toward God's way of thinking and living. When we turn from our way of thinking and living, turn to God's way of thinking and living, not only will our lives change, but I am convinced the world around us will change as well. I hope you will take the time to read ahead the passages of Scripture for each sermon; so that we may be in the process of learning to live - together.
- March 5th - Ash Wednesday: Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
- March 9th - Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
- March 16th - John 3:1-17
- March 23rd - Exodus 17:1-7
- March 30th - John 9:1-41