East Fairfield United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

From the Pastor



It seems we just got the Christmas decorations put away and we’re still working off that 10 pounds from all the tasty goodies of Christmas. Yet, Lent is just around the corner. 


Lent begins this year on February 14 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday.  Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. It’s a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.


During the six weeks of Lent, many Christians typically make a commitment to fast, or to give up something—a habit, such as smoking, watching TV, or swearing, or a food or drink, like sweets, chocolate, or coffee.  Some Christians also take on a Lenten discipline, such as reading the Bible and spending more time in prayer to draw nearer to God. The goal is to strengthen the faith and spiritual disciplines and develop a closer relationship with God.


To help you, I have put together a Lenten devotional called FAST, PRAY, GIVE.  Each day during Lent you will be asked to fast from something for just one day.  As you fast there is a prayer or a suggestion of how you should pray that day.  Finally, you will be asked to give something.  For example, you might be asked to give up buying your fancy coffee you enjoy so much.  Then you will be asked to pray for justice for the farmers who grow the coffee yet are so underpaid and many live in extreme poverty.  Then you will be asked to take the money you would have spent on that coffee and place it in a container. 


At the end of Lent on Easter Sunday and the next two Sundays you can bring in your containers of money.  I’m going to ask the children to choose an Advance Special mission of the United Methodist Church and we will send the money to that project. 


Copies of FAST, PRAY, GIVE will be available at the church soon.  You can pick them up once they are ready. 


I hope you will join me and try out this new way to fast and draw closer to God.



                                                                                                    - Pastor 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