Ash Wednesday, Lent and the Easter Experience

Dear Friends

I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on where we are with the Search Committee.  The matter has not been concluded. The Council having been meeting weekly and will continue to do so praying and reflecting as we look ahead.  As soon as we are ready we will convene a special congregational meeting.

I also wish to remind you that the season of Lent is upon us and we usher it in with a special Ash Wednesday Service this week  (22/2) at 7pm here at St Mungo’s.

Please join us for this special time as we prepare for a greater and deeper understanding of the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. During this time of worship we will invite the congregation to come forward, as  led, to receive the imposition of ashes with  the sign of the cross. This serves as sign to us of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that is only by God’s gracious gift that we are given everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

You will have received a Lenten Devotional guide at church on Sunday, please set aside some time each day to read the scripture for that day and reflect on what the Lord is saying to you.  The acronym (Sins to confess, Promises to claim, Attitudes to adjust, Commands to obey and Examples to follow) will help you during this time. There are copies available from the church office if you didn’t get one.

If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in the Easter Experience Group study, I recommend you to do so soon as there are not a lot of spaces left.  I’m hugely encouraged by the support and enthusiasm we have received so far for this programme.  I can assure you that you will be enriched by the experience.  You will not go through these next 40 days and remain unchanged.

Thirdly the season of renewing our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is on us, it comes at a period when the Church Council is discussing the future of St Mungo’s United Church taking into consideration the strategic direction agreed upon in 2004 and the Making an Impact Campaign, and the five strategic themes established at the time. This Sunday 26 February we will be handing out the Annual Christian Giving material.  There’ll be tables at the Info Desk in the garden with the packs in alphabetical order (by surname) for you take home to pray and reflect on. Please help us by collecting your envelope on Sunday.

As you reflect on renewing your commitment remember: The purpose of tithing and our Christian Commitment is to teach us always to put God first in our lives.  Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. Deut 14: 23. We will then have an opportunity on Commitment Sunday,  18 March to recommit ourselves.

Please diarise the weekend of 12-14 May when we will be commemorating Pentecost with a weekend of teaching and worship.  We have arranged an international speaker David Catchpoole for the teaching session.  He’ll be speaking on the book of  Genesis and how the Gospels can be linked to it.  Plans for the rest of the weekend are still being finalised but it promises to a very blessed time of teaching, sharing and fellowship ,that you do not want to miss.

Blessings

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