We observe the beginning of the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday, March 5, noon. Many Christians have utilized the 40 days before Holy Week and Easter for soul preparation and reconsecration to Christ as Savior and Lord. While those from a more liturgical tradition may be more familiar with this season of the Church Year, Christians from across the wide spectrum of the Church incorporate this time of self-denial and focus on identification with Christ in his sufferings as a spiritual discipline. Though Lent and its observance is not a biblical requirement, its observance has been found useful to many. You are invited to this noontime observance.
It is not the work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction. Henry Beecher
Here is a listing of recent articles Pastor Don thinks you would be interested in. No article expresses the opinions of Spring Green Memorial Church but is for purposes of stimulations and deeper spiritual formation.
Worship begins at 10:30 AM preceded by Adult Christian Formation Class at 9 AM and followed by a fellowship time.
Pastor Don's message this coming Sunday is "The Power of Facing." The presence of Pilate in the story of Jesus, and his ever present mention in recitations of the Apostles Creed, adds a dimension to the biblical narrative we would to well to pay attention to. Pilate didn't ask to be in the Jesus story. He was simply doing what we all do - keep up and maybe get ahead. And then Jesus shows up and forces Pilate to make a choice about what is true. Pilate didn't want to make that choice, but he was stuck. There was a fork in the road, and now who he was and what he was really afer were going to be made clear, one way of the other. Pilate stands for all of us. There are things about ourselves we must face when Jesus calls us into the Kingdom of God, and no one can shelter us from having to decide, making it easy or making it inconsequential. As we move toward Easter, we ask God for the "power of facing" the truly serious decisions we must make about what is true and what eternally matters.