February 21, 2021


This is the start of Lent. To read more about the meaning of Lent, check out THIS DEVOTIONAL THAT PASTOR RIMMER WROTE


Call to Worship

Here, at the outer limits of Lent,

we are called to walk:

to the paper-thin edges which cut us to the soul;

to the workplaces which weary us;

to the people who confuse us;

to the faith which threatens us.

Here, at the corner of Steadfast Love and Faithfulness,

we are called to wait:

when our clenched stomachs awaken us;

in the moments of unbearable sorrow;

with the angels who would carry us.

Here, where time is fulfilled,

where God's Kingdom is as near to us as our neighbor,we begin Lent:

with the Beloved, whose tears wash away our fears, with the God who will not let go of our hands.


Praise Song: Our God is Greater 


 Scripture- John 12:1-11


 Sermon-   Journey to the Cross-Jericho and Bethany-Jesus comes to Jerusalem and stays in Bethany.

The Sermon Handout is available at


A Call to a Lenten Spirituality-

 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: the early Christians observed with great devotion

the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation.


During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith

were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to participation in the life of the Church.


In this way the whole congregation was reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.


I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word.


Closing Hymn: Old Rugged Cross


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