10:30 A.M. Sunday Worship -- 9:30 A.M. Sunday School (beginning September 23rd)
Blooming Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, March 25, 2019
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March 2019 - Thoughts From Pastors J.J. and Stefanie Morgan...

 

 

As we enter March and we are preparing for the Lenten Season by reading through the book of John, in chapter 17, we received a reminder of Jesus’ love for us in the form of a prayer he offered over us. From the book of John 17: 20-21

20 "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one-- as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me."

This is a request by Jesus for a blessing upon his future believers. That’s us! Imagine, the creator of the world, the Son of God, our Living Lord and Savior, had us on his heart as he was preparing to be obedient to God’s plans. Those plans included defeating the power of sin and death which he knew would occur only after he died upon his cross, after he rose from the grave three days later and after he received the glorification in heaven promised by God. Even with all of this on his mind, Jesus took the time to pray for us.

Please consider these questions. Are you able to find time in your day to spend time in prayer? Are there distractions which might be keeping you from experiencing precious time to strengthen a life-giving relationship with Jesus? We are continuing to prepare for Lent. A season in the Christian calendar that according to the umc.org website lasts “forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lenten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.”

The purpose of Lent is to prepare for Easter. People choose to prepare through self-examination, having a time of repentance and fasting are common practices. The umc.org web- site reminds us that “In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.” What are your plans this Lent season to prepare for Easter? Are you going to consider giving something up? Or would you consider adding a means of grace to your spiritual routine that you do not currently take part in? Throughout the season of Lent, we will be visiting the various means of grace identify by John Wesley, founder of Methodism. If you wanted to get a head start in preparing for Lent, we invite you to research the five means of grace which are prayer, searching the scriptures, taking part in Holy Commun- ion, fasting and Christian conferencing. Is there one that you would like to take up again or perhaps for the first time? It is our prayer that you are able to continue to live out and strengthen your relationship with Jesus. We join you in anticipation and preparation for the celebration that comes along with Easter.