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ORCHARD PARK BLOG

God is in this Space

Dear Friends,

As you know, the cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s time to take extra care and caution.    We will make sure our greeters, greet without shaking hands and that there is hand sanitizer more readily available.  Also, we will continue to use creative ways of passing the peace.  We will still serve communion this Sunday, but if you are not well, or feel you need to “sit this month out,” please know you are still fed by the Grace of Jesus Christ.   Remember that the bread is individually cut, so should be able to touch only your bread and not everyone else’s. Let’s hope by Easter, we can all hold hands again!

Which leads me to my next topic: Lent. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is February 14 this year.  We are offering three services throughout the day:  7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the North Chapel.  You are invited to come for a thirty- minute time of reflection and restoration and receive the imposition of ashes, if you so choose. 

During the season of Lent, we are invited to thoughtfully take up the gifts of faith—worship, study, prayer, and service—in preparation for Holy Week and Christ’s journey to the cross.  Please join us on Sunday evenings in Lent for a study on the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  You can find more information here: LENT SUNDAY EVENING CLASS 

Lastly, a reminder that we will be having our Annual Meeting of the Congregation this Sunday at 9:50 a.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive the 2018 budget and approve the pastor’s terms of call.  You can find the ANNUAL REPORT HERE

On a personal note, many of you have been praying for me after I hurt myself, (and got a concussion) while cleaning my kitchen! I wish I could say I was doing something more thrilling. Thank you for your prayers. I think I am close to finally being fully recovered.  I am confident I will be back to “normal” by the end of the week!   The only way to recover from a concussion is through rest, and I do not rest well.  This time of forced rest and quiet has reminded me that God is in that space between the past and future. God is in the present.

I pray you experience time every day to rest in the presence of God, to be still and know.  This is my prayer for all of us, as we journey these next 40 days together:  that we may rest in the arms of God.

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

1 John 3:2
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
 
God Bless,

Shelly

Topics: Tier1, Lent

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