Turning the Other Cheek, February 22, 2015

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Non-blizzard Greetings

Dear Friends,
I am a believer in the thought "Don’t sweat the small stuff" but I am having a little "buyer’s remorse" over cancelling church this morning. I think we succumbed to a combination of "peer-pressure" as in everyone else cancelled and "fear-pressure" as in the weather and news people made it sound like the storm of the century. As it turned out we have two or three inches of snow and we could easily have met. Oh well…not the end of the world and as I remind myself there is another Sunday every week.

Psalm 19:1-4 offers words that we lifted up as a reading a few weeks ago that remind us we do not have to be in church to worship. I offer them below.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world

Finally a reminder…Lent begins on Wednesday. The Lenten Season is a time of reflecting on what it means to try to walk with Jesus in everyday life. It starts with Ash Wednesday services at 4pm on February 18th. It is a brief, simple and I think meaningful time. We will sing a hymn or two, say a prayer and have a word of explanation and then the offering of ashes. It is a humble season of reflection that leads us to Easter and resurrection hope. I hope to see as many as possible at that service this Wednesday.

On Friday, February 20th at noon we will be hosting the Oxford Hills Area Clergy Association’s annual Lenten Luncheon series in the church vestry at First Congregational. It will continue each Friday February 20th-Friday March 27th. Soup, sandwich and cookies and coffee for $6 with all proceeds to benefit the neediest in our community. Dallas Henry from Hosanna Church is our first speaker and each week a different pastor from the churches will offer a brief reflection. I will lead us in song and the soup is always hot and delicious. The fellowship is good as well…warming in fact as we come together from our various churches.

So we didn’t gather this morning…but we are connected through the loving spirit that binds us through love, hope and compassion.
Blessings to you…
Don