Approaching Holy Week on a Lenten journey

By the Rev. Janice Puliti, Pastor, St. John’s UMC Ivyland As we approach Holy Week, it’s always a good practice to ask ourselves how our Lenten journey has been going…. Read more

Lent: A season of joyful sacrifice

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the holy season of Lent, when we commemorate Jesus’ 40 days of preparatory self-denial, including sacrificial fasting, in the wilderness. Many Christians will… Read more

Bishop Violet L. Fisher

Praying truth to power—a Lenten day apart for clergy

“Speaking truth to power,” a phrase coined by Quakers in the 1950s, is one aim of social protest. But it could have a higher meaning for many clergy in the… Read more

Create in Me A Clean Heart

House Cleaning, Heart Cleansing

In his classic little book My Heart-Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger we read about a Christian whose walk with God is comparable to various rooms in a house. As the writer…

Alaska. Unalakleet Evangelical Covenant Church. Snow covered church and streets at mid winter.

What if you need to cancel Lent, or Easter?!

There are times when it is simply not safe to try to gather for worship, even if it is on Easter or one of these other Holy Days. But the choirs, the children, the praise band and countless others have worked hard for months preparing

Bishop Cho washes the feet of Lucy Thompson. Photo by Neill Caldwell.

Virginia bishop to inspire clergy at Lenten Day Apart

Bishop Young Jin Cho moved in 2012 from being the pastor of the largest worshiping congregation in the Virginia Conference, which has one of the largest conference memberships in The… Read more

An Epiphany Blessing of Homes and Chalking the Door

The Christian season of Epiphany, celebrating Christ’s revelation to the world, began Jan. 6 and continues until Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, followed by the season of Lent. In some parts of the… Read more

2014 Lenten Study: Suffering Servant: Who Has Believed?

Suffering Servant: Who Has Believed was developed by the Rev. Steve Morton of Hopewell UMC, Downingtown, Pa.  This dynamic seven-week Lenten Bible study series is based on the powerful text … Read more