New Lenten study to feature North District clergy

The Rev. Steve Morton, Superintendent of the North District, continues his tradition of producing and offering churches thought-provoking, video-recorded Lenten devotions featuring fellow clergy presenters.

“For about a dozen years, first at Hopewell UMC and now on the North District,” says Morton in his district newsletter, “I’ve followed a vision of creating fresh, affordable, intelligent Bible Study curriculum for the local church, employing the teaching skills of Elder colleagues.” 

Character Matters is the title of the new, eight-week Lenten study that is offered for free to all churches. “It will flow from the language of Proverbs 6:16-19,” says Morton, focusing on “Seven Things the Lord Hates.”

The study will illustrate each of those “seven things” with a scriptural narrative. Presenters will “move participants toward confession of each sinful practice or tendency…and challenge them toward a personal and corporate character which is far more holy.”

Scheduled presenters—all North District clergy—are: the Revs. Alicia Julia-Stanley, Dan Herner, Paul Crikelair, John Keretzman, Jenny Freymoyer, Robin Fisher and Rick Brown. Bishop Peggy Johnson will be a bonus presenter, offering a post-Easter series finale message on “Seven Things God Loves.”

All the presenters will be recorded in a studio at Moravian College on Friday, Jan. 8. Materials will be produced and ready for the week of Ash Wednesday, February 17.