Lent – 2016

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.
Like them,
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.

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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.

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Our worship center for Lent – beach stones and twigs and light.

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What the sanctuary looks like from the loft – “worship in the round.”

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What you will see as you leave our Lenten worship space each week.

Lent.

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!

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10 Comments

  1. Ron/Susie Rabold February 9, 2016 at 8:03 am

    It sounds like an invitation we can’t refuse! Alas, we will join in in spirit from St. Andrew. It will be different here too but it’s the same invitation from Jesus – we are blessed to be able and willing to respond to. In Christ, Ron and Susie

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  2. Wow! The rearrangement of the pews is awesome! Wonderful work, Phil, and all who accomplished this! Thank you!!

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  3. BEAUTIFUL! I wish we could join you….will be with you in spirit.

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  4. I like it..Much more intimate. Makes me wish I wasn’t leaving so soon…

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  5. tgremel@charter.net February 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Phil and Patricia, Oh, I loved reading this and seeing the change in the church! Thank you so much!! I am hoping to be able to come to church on Sunday, and engage in worship. We have continued to have a pretty rough time since Tom’s surgery. But, we are doing what we are suppose to do….all the exercises, walking, etc., and hope that things will be getting easier soon. I observe changes, and hopefully Tom will too. Hope to see you soon. Tom is still not ready for company(in his own mind at least!), and hopefully that will change soon. love and hugs to you both,Terry

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  6. It is beautiful and intimate.Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

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  7. A beautiful church and place to worship and love your arrangements for Lent. Janet Stutzman sent me the site of the church she attends and loves so much. I do not live in your State or town but if I did I feel this is such a welcoming church ….a warm and wonderful place to worship and would love to attend services.

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  8. Stunning! A swirling vortex of Phil, Patricia, and love.

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  9. A soul-warming service. Thank you, Phil

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