Message from Pastor Diane Ford
During the season of Lent (it begins March 1), the theme in our worship services will be The Path through the Wilderness. We need not wander aimlessly on a meandering path, with a faint hope that somehow all will be okay in the end. Exploring conversations Jesus had in the Gospels, we can be renewed and assured: the living God continues to work through us in times of unrest and challenge.
Historians and those of us who have been on the planet for several decades are concerned about the rhetoric, divisions, confusion, anger and fear that is in our country. They are concerned because they’ve seen it before, or have studied it. It matters not what party you are in or who your favorite news stations are. We all observe and feel the unrest. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “To remain silent is to consent.
As followers of Jesus we stand with the poor, the marginalized, and the despised. This is easier said than done, especially when to do so as a congregation can be unpopular with some who believe a church can be “too political.” There is often confusion between being “too political” and doing what Jesus Christ requires of us. Jesus did not compromise to avoid criticism, he did not let the crowd and culture determine for whom and when he would stand. To remain silent is to consent. When your neighbors, colleagues, classmates and family mock or dismiss you, you can take it. Keep your eyes on the path of Jesus through the wilderness. The Body of Christ speaks and acts for the sake of the marginalized.
Since the church is called to bring the love of God to all, we are living in a time of great opportunity. The harvest is plenty, and God has sent out more laborers to the fields! Come, labor on, friends of Jesus.
- In February seven couples were represented at LPC’s Couples enrichment workshop. There are skills and insights we all need, and then we need to be vigilant in our relationships to build, heal and enjoy them.
- Over forty guests joined twenty LPC people for our Anti-Racism weekend. There are organizations to join, education to promote. Relationships to nurture.
- Our jazz and jambalaya benefit for Family Promise raised over $600. We need to request more organizations to step up to support FP.
- At the Unitarian Universalist meeting house, a panel of African American women shared their stories of dehumanizing practices in the arrests, raids and incarceration of Black and other People of Color. White allies are needed to speak to our government representatives about our outrage at such practices.
- The film, “13th” is available on Netflix, and screenings are being help in several faith communities. We need to expose the easily hidden systems of racism.
- Another movie that is a must-see (though painful) is “I Am Not Your Negro.” The PCUSA has embraced the call to stop ignoring racism, and take actions against it. We need to take friends and family to this movie to get a conversation happening.
- Several LPC members went to the screening of “Before the Flood,” a documentary on the effects of global warming and the actions we all can take. We need to be responsible stewards of the earth and all life on it.
Family Promise of Monmouth County
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Family Promise of Monmouth County is proud to present our 2017 Dinner and Fundraiser, “The Promise of Spring,” on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune from 6 – 10 PM. Come out for a great night of food, music and a silent auction.
Tickets can be purchased at www.familypromisemc.org or from Steve Introcaso.
The Season of Lent and Easter at Lincroft Presbyterian Church (LPC)
“The Path in the Wilderness”
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30-8:00 PM
Walk a labyrinth in our sanctuary on Ash Wednesday and receive the blessing of ashes as a sign of Christ’s call to live fully in the “now.” This is a special way to begin our Lenten journey together. Gather at 7:30 in the sanctuary, at the center of the labyrinth.
Sunday Worship Services, March 5 – April 9, 10:00 AM
LPC’s Worship Team invites you to explore A Path in the Wilderness throughout the season of Lent.
We will focus on five biblical stories with Jesus and use Music, Visual Art, Drama, and Dance in an environment designed to engage all of our senses. Your personal wilderness may be one of a student, a parent, a caregiver; or perhaps you are in love; or in grief or anxiety. Your wilderness may include making decisions about your finances, relationships, career or a spiritual wondering and wandering. Addictions, stigmas, self-doubt, anger, frustration, relief, forgiveness, renewal; community, nation and world challenges as we care for the planet and work for social justice. These and much more are elements that appear in the wilderness of being human. Come as you are and join us on this time of deep reflection and participation.
Sunday, April 9, 10:00 AM Palm Sunday: A Ruckus Procession
Join us in the parking lot to bless and wave the palms and start a ruckus procession into the sanctuary’s labyrinth.
Friday, April 14, 7:30 PM Good Friday Tenebrae Service
A solemn service of candle light as we retell the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life. After traveling through the season on a path through the wilderness, this story will allow a deeper joy and assurance to emerge with your spirit.
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