You are Invited
To the Service of Installation for the Rev. Margret Hofmeister
First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC
Please join us next Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 in the afternoon
830Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT
A reception will follow the service
Wednesday February 14th, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the Lenten season. The forty days before Easter when Christians focus on simple living, prayer and fasting in order to grow closer to God. For the first time in my memory, Ash Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day! For many, Valentine’s Day is considered a “Hallmark Holiday” however, I’m struck by the idea that the Lenten season both begins and ends with a celebration of Love. For truly, Easter is the day that God’s love overcomes death and darkness.
While on a worship planning retreat, I read all of the scripture texts for Lent and Easter and realized that God’s love is expressed throughout the entire season! I also came across a poem/prayer by the Rev. Maren Tirabassi that proclaims the love of Lent. I share it with you in the hope that Lent will become a time when rather than “give something up” you open yourself to God’s love…to comfort you, guide you and inspire you to acts of mercy, kindness and love.
Peace, Rev. Margret
2018 Lenten Program—24 Hours That Changed the World.
Facilitated by Rev. Margret Hofmeister & Rev. Jane Rowe
Wednesdays in February 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21 and 28; Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
As mentioned in the weekly announcements, this year for the first time in a very long time we will join with South Church for our Wednesday evening Lenten Program. We will meet every Wednesday during Lent, alternating location between here and South Church. Our time together will include a light meal followed by a program, based on the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. The guide we will use is a book titled, 24 Hours That Changed the World, written by Rev. Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist minister. Rev. Hamilton is the senior pastor of the 22,000 member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.
The book comes with a companion video, which we will use as part of the program. Books are available online for purchase ($13) or to download ($7 kindle). Purchase of the book is not necessary, but is recommended. Below is a short description of the book and links for its purchase. There will be a sign-up sheet so that we can plan meals appropriately.
No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this Lenten journey, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus’ life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. https://www.amazon.com/Hours-Changed-World-Expanded-Paperback
Our Chapel is open for a private moment before Sunday’s service or during the week. You are invited to come early and take a moment to thank God for a good week or for help with a challenge.
830 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT 06052
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE.” . . . Ephesians 3:17