Preparation for Worship

Preparation for Worship
February 19  •  7th Sunday after the Epiphany
UMW Mission Recognition Pins
“Ripe, Perfected, and Complete”
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18  •  Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:1-0-11, 16-23  •  Matthew 5:1-2, 38-48
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February 26  •  Transfiguration Sunday
4th Sunday Loose Change Offering
VBS Mission Presentation
Staff Transitions
“O That the Heavens Would Open”
Exodus 24:12-18 •  Psalm 99:1-9
Isaiah 64:1-4, 9a, 11-12
2 Peter 1:16-21  •  Matthew 17:1-9
We like to describe Transfiguration Sunday as “Sparkle Sunday.”
Please wear your “sparkliest” clothes to worship on this day.
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February 28  •  Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Supper (5:00 – 6:30 pm)
“Shrove” is a form of the English word “to shrive”
which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins through confession.
On “Shrove Tuesday” – also known as “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday” –
it is traditional to eat richer, fattier foods such as pancakes
before the ritual fasting of Lent, which begins on “Ash Wednesday.” 
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March 1  •  Ash Wednesday
Worship Service at 7:00 pm
On “Ash Wednesday,” the worship service includes
the imposition of ashes for repentance
and receiving the oil of blessing for forgiveness and healing.
Traditionally, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday
are made by burning the palms 
from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

At its best, a worship service is not for us; nor is it about us.  A worship service is better understood as a “Service” of worship – something that we offer as a “service” to our community.  In this sense, our weekly worship service is our weekly mission project for our community.
Just as we wouldn’t go on a mission trip without adequate preparation, so it is best if we prepare for our weekly worship service as well.  Unite the following information with your prayers, and come to worship prepared to bless our community.