The resurrection induces, enables, Christian conversation about matters the world lacks the means to discuss. Because of God's great Easter victory which signaled God's forgiveness, church is a community of truth where we are given the courage, even the responsibility, to say sin. The first step is for somebody to love the truth enough to call things by their proper names.

~Will Willimon, "Resurrection and the Courage to Confront Racism" in  Journal for Preachers, Vol. XL, No. 3,  Easter 2017.

During the season of Lent, the six weeks leading up to Easter, we are called to honestly assess the ways we have fallen short of God's call and claim on our lives. I don't imagine this is something many of us want to do -- it is uncomfortable and often unpleasant to name our sin! But by engaging in honest self-examination before God, we become open to the possibility that God is indeed at work in our lives, forgiving us and transforming us that we may be people of forgiveness and transformation in a world that desperately needs both. This year for Lent , we will seek to create space in our church community to encounter God through the spiritual discipline of prayer. We will explore how prayer allows us to confess sin, receive forgiveness, extend forgiveness to others, seek God's presence, and open ourselves to the abundant life God desires for all of God's children. May God touch your heart and soul this season in such a way that, come Easter, you experience the wonder of resurrection anew and find yourself inspired to honestly and courageously share the good news that no sin is beyond the transforming power of God's undying love.  

~ Amy Starr Redwine

Search me, O God, and know my heart;   test me and know my thoughts. 
See if there is any wicked way in me,   and lead me in the way everlasting.
~Psalm 139:23-24

Ash Wednesday, March 1
Pancake Dinner
6:00 pm  ~  Dining Room

  Come support the youth for their Summer Mission Experience and have a yummy
"pancake breakfast" for dinner before attending the Ash Wednesday service.
All donations will support the Summer Youth Mission Experience.

7:00 pm  ~  Yost Chapel
The Ash Wednesday Service in Yost Chapel will include
Communion and the imposition of ashes.
Take the stairs or the elevator to the 3rd floor. 
Go  through Beckwith Hall to Yost Chapel.

Child care will be available in the Crèche beginning at 6:30 pm.

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Centered in the Circle 
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