UPCOMING AT FIRST UNITED
March 5 – (Ash Wednesday) – Simple Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Service at 7:00 p.m.
Texts: Joel 2:1-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Sermon Title - Theme: A New Way to Fast – On Ash Wednesday, we will again begin with a simple meal in the Fellowship Hall, and remain there for worship. During the service we will have times for silence, prayer and meditation, as well as the opportunity to receive ashes on our foreheads, and share Communion. We will be joined by our friends at Christ Church (United Methodist) for both the dinner and worship. (Our plan is for us to worship with them at Christ Church on Maundy Thursday, April 17.)
March 9 – (First Sunday in Lent) – 10:00 a.m.
Texts: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Matthew 4:1-11
Sermon Title and Theme: Temptation and Blame – As Lent begins, we turn back in the Gospel of Matthew to just after Jesus was baptized by John, and the Spirit then led him into the wilderness to be tempted. It is puzzling to think of why Jesus would need to go through was seems to be an initiation of temptation, but the gleanings from this encounter, coupled with the Genesis reading of Adam and Eve’s departure from the Garden of Eden allow us to consider temptation and blame in our own living.