Upcoming Sermons and Dates

 

March Worship

 

March  1  

2nd Sunday in Lent

Communion service

 “Following Jesus.”

Psalm 22: 25-31

Mark  8: 31-38

 

March 8

3rd Sunday in Lent

“Gentle Spirit”

John 2: 13-22

 

March 15

4th  Sunday in Lent

“Serving Someone”

Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22,

John 3: 14-21

 

March 22

5th  Sunday in Lent

“Grain of Seed”

John 12: 20-33

 

March 29

Palm Sunday

“Preparation”

Philippians 2: 5 -11

Mark 11: 1-11

 

Sunday Worship—RUMC -11 am

CPUMC – 9:30 am

 

 

 

 

A Special Message from your Pastor

Celebrating Ash Wednesday

 

Asash-wednesdayh Wednesday, a day of  fasting, is the first day of Lent.  It occurs 46 days (40 weekdays plus 6 Sundays) before Easter. This year is on February 18th .

According to the gospels  of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ  spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan.

Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting or giving something up for 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (4 days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches  blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

   Come and Join us during our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 pm at Gresham First United Methodist Church.  The service will include an inspirational Lenten message, dispensation of ashes, and music by our combined choirs of Gresham, Cherry Park, and Rockwood United Methodist Churches.