It is here already.
On Wednesday night February 10, 2016, at 7:00,
you are invited, to Trinity Church of the United Church of Christ in Northport, MI, to receive ashes on your forehead or your hand.
These are the words you will hear on Wednesday:
Our ancestors in the faith
used ashes as a sign of repentance,
a symbol of the uncertainty and fragility
of human life.
we have tasted the ashes of hopelessness;
we have walked through the ashes
of our loss and pain;
we have stood knee-deep
in the ashes of our brokenness.
God of our lives,
out of the dust of creation
you have formed us and given us life.
May these ashes not only be a sign
of our repentance and death,
but be a reminder that by your gift of grace
in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer,
we are granted life forever with you.
In these words are the promise of God’s love for you.
“YOU ARE MY BELOVED! “Yes, you are mine, ” says God.
Even, or maybe especially, as we begin Lent in Michigan, God says “Yes, you are mine!”
You can trust that promise!
You’ll find things a wee bit different at Trinity on Wednesday . . . and, well, all through Lent too . . . thank you Janet, Carl, Jim, Steve, Patricia for making this happen.
Our focus this Lent will be from the work of Eric Elnes, “Gifts of the Dark Wood” as encouraged by Marcia McFee. “Jesus knows,” writes Eric, “that the human soul is terrifically buoyant. It’s yearning is for the freedom that comes from the Spirit’s call. Shackled by our fears and excuses for very long, the soul inevitably revolts and breaks free.”
You will not want to miss one single Sunday morning during Lent at Trinity Church in Northport.
Our worship center for Lent – beach stones and twigs and light.
What the sanctuary looks like from the loft – “worship in the round.”
What you will see as you leave our Lenten worship space each week.
The music will be excellent.
The scripture will inspire.
The prayers will be eloquent.
The sermons will touch your heart.
The aura will wrap you in the caress of God’s loving, living mercy.
You are invited!
Every Sunday in Lent, 2016, Trinity Church of the UCC in Northport, MI.
Please do join us every Sunday morning at 11:00!