Upcoming Sermons and Dates

 

February Worship

 

February  1

4th Sunday After Epiphany

Communion service

 “The power you give it is the power it has.”

1 Corinthians 8: 1 – 9,

Mark  1: 21 – 28

 

February 8

5th Sunday After Epiphany

“Anything is Possible

with God”

Isaiah 40: 21 – 31,

Mark 1: 29-39

 

February 15

6th Sunday After Epiphany

“Blessed with Grace”

Psalm 50: 1 – 6,

Mark 9: 2 – 9

 

February 23

1st Sunday In Lent

“In You I Find Happiness”

1 Peter 3: 18 – 22,

Mark 1: 9 – 15

 

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.