March Words from the Pastor


Praying the Psalms

It’s hard to believe that we are going to enter the Lenten Season soon.  What do you normally do during the Lenten Season?  Do you fast?  Do you pray?  Do you give something up for Lent?  Do you reach out to others?  Or, is it just like any other time of year?

For many years, when I was growing up and well into my early 30’s, I always gave something up for Lent.  Along with giving something up, I also gave up eating between meals and I didn’t eat meat on Fridays and on Ash Wednesday.

I was told that it was supposed to make me more aware of Jesus’ presence in my life.  I have to be honest, I think it made me focus more on not being able to eat meat on certain days during Lent and I was more focused on not eating between meals.  I don’t think I actually focused more on Jesus.  For those reasons alone, I dreaded the Lenten Season.

I have a new appreciation for this season now.  I quit depriving myself of meat and snacks.  It’s something that never worked for me.  If that is something that works for you, then do what works for you.  I truly give you kudos.

During Lent, I try to find new ways of connecting more with Jesus.  It’s the least I can do when I think about all that Jesus gave up for me.  This year I prayed about what we could do differently during this time, and I came up with “Praying the Psalms.”  I personally would like to delve deeper into Scripture.  I invite you to join me.  It’s not difficult.  It’s not something that you have to add to your “To-Do List.”

I have chosen four psalms for each week during Lent except for the last week of Lent.  During that last week, I would like for you to focus on your favorite Psalms.  For more information, I have included the information sheet in this newsletter for “Praying the Psalms” during Lent.

You may do this completely on your own.  There’s no pressure.  If you don’t want to do this completely on your own, I would like to invite you to join me on Wednesday evenings starting March 13th at 6:30p.m. in the Founder’s Room at church.  Let’s discuss the Psalms together.

Jesus says in Matthew 18:20 (NRSV): “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

Too God be the Glory! Pastor Cathy Allison


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