Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24:17-18
The people had been wandering in the wilderness for at least three months. They are at the foot of Mt. Sinai and God calls Moses to come to the top of the mountain. God will give Moses the guidelines, rules, commandments for the life of the community…for the best relationships…for making them the People of God.
All of the people at the foot of the mountain could see the Glory of God — it burned like a fire for all to see. They knew something powerful was happening on that mountain. We hear that Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights.
This Wednesday, we being our own 40 day and 40 night journey with the beginning of Lent. We are invited to enter the fire of God…to be taught and to enter more deeply into the presence of God. Some of us will go without something important to you, entering into the depth of denial and giving something of value to us to be closer to God. Some of us will take on something — a new spiritual discipline or a commitment to coming to Wednesday worship or participation in the Living Compass program on Wednesdays or on Sunday mornings.
Whatever we do, we enter this 40 days as Moses did…called into the glory and fire of God to be changed.
Blessings as you finish your week.
I will be in Corbin on Tuesday evening and Ash Wednesday. My sabbath day will be Friday, March 7.
Living Compass Adult Faith and Wellness Program. This Sunday, we begin this program of assessing our lives and choosing where and how to make change. If you didn’t receive a booklet, try to go to the website at http://www.livingcompass.org/adult/program.html/ and take the assessment. The Sunday class will be at 10am. An additional opportunity will occur each Wednesday, beginning Ash Wednesday at 4pm.
This Sunday we celebrate Women’s History Month, hearing the voices of women of faith during our service. The hymns were all written by women.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 4, 6pm. Join us for supper this Tuesday. Pancakes and bacon will be served, cooked by the men of the church. Free Will offering (suggested $2 adult and $1 child). Join in the fellowship as we end Epiphany and prepare for our Lenten journey.
Ash Wednesday Communion with Imposition of Ashes, March 5, 6pm.
Lent Madness – Lent Madness is a fun way to walk through Lent. Each day, stories of saints are presented and you are asked to vote for your favorite. A bracket, similar to the basketball March Madness bracket, is created. At the end of Lent, one of the saints “wins” and is awarded the Golden Halo. You can do this online at www.lentmadness.org/category/lent-madness-2014/ and St. John’s will have the printed materials available, as well as a poster of the bracket for this year.
Lenten Meditations – Daily Lenten meditation booklets from Living Compass will be available.
Serving Our Neighbors – See baskets in the parlor.
- Everlasting Arms, Corbin’s shelter for people who are homeless, is in need of men’s and women’s razors, gloves, deodorant and socks.
- The Food Pantry at Corbin Presbyterian Church is always in need of nonperishable food items. Vegetables are especially appreciated.
Flowers for the altar: Donations for flowers for the altar are accepted for any Sunday of the year. Please place your donation in the envelope, marking whether they are in honor of or in memory of someone.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email email@example.com.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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