‘Re-engage with God’

A pastor’s Lenten reflection for challenging times As the return of sunny days and moderating temperatures slowly yet surely melt away our piles of snow, we can see that spring …

Fasting unto the Lord

From the Bishop’s Blog.

During the Season of Lent, the church is called to a time of holy introspection, fasting and prayer.  We are to contemplate the life and example of Jesus, hold our life up against his, and make some honest assessments.

Through that process, a time of repentance and change for the better is the hope, but none of this sounds particularly enjoyable. In our society self-abasement, guilt and personal accountability are increasingly counter-cultural…

Church teaches Lent is for caring, sharing

The Christian Education ministries at Fritz UMC Bethlehemisobserving Lent in special ways, including these activities among our children and youth: Lenten Care Packages have been sent home to families, complete with snap pea seeds, …

Observing a Long Lent

It is difficult to believe that the Season of Lent is upon us once again. It seems like it was just Christmas. I continue to receive delayed Christmas cards every day; so it still feels like the holiday season….

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. …

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 …