In the book we are reading together for Lent, “A Bigger Table,” author John Pavlovitz talks about how he lost himself as a pastor while working for a church because he found he had to tell certain lies in order to protect himself and his job. One would think that lying should go against the grain for a pastor. And it did also for the woman he also tells about, Sandra, whose rural church community became uncomfortable with the way she was wrestling with Scripture passages from the pulpit. She was given the choice to quit being so honest, or to be fired. “I’d rather be an honest ex-minister than an employed liar,” she said. And she was relieved of her position by the church elders.Read more...
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We’ll begin with an exercise. We’re not going to do a foot-washing today – I wouldn’t dare spring it on you out of the blue – but I want you to think for a moment about washing the feet of the people around you. Of you having a bowl of water and kneeling down, rolling your sleeves up, towel thrown over your shoulder. And they –it can be the person on either side, you pick. They take off their shoes, setting them aside. Placing their feet in the water, I bet its cold. No one’s feet are pretty, they all smell a little. Maybe there’s a scar, or a blister, and old wound. And you pour the water over those feet, wiping them down, gently. We’re not talking a scrub down or a pedicure. But rinsing those feet off, out of welcome, care.Read more...
The psalmist cries, “From where will my help come?” and responds with faith to her own lament: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.” My help comes. It does not tarry or wait or take sides but protects and keeps. Does it?Read more...
We have a variety of ways planned to engage with each other around the themes of our Lenten Book Read, “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community” by pastor, author, and blogger John Pavlovitz. Follow the Westminster Presbyterian Church Facebook page for questions and reflections.
A Bigger Table Luncheon
Sunday, March 4, 12-1:30pm, Fellowship HallRead more...
Join the bigger table in the Fellowship Hall, where we will share a simple meal of soup and bread while discussing some of the topics and themes of our Lenten Book Read. Please RSVP for lunch and childcare as needed by Friday, March 2.
Join us for fellowship over food and a time of worship as we enter the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 14:
- Pancake Dinner: 5:45pm, Fellowship Hall Pancakes and sausage will be served until 6:45pm. Gluten free pancakes will be available, as well as a turkey option for the meat.
- Children’s Time: 6:15pm, Parlor This will be a time to teach children about why we use ashes in the worship service.
- Ash Wednesday Service with Imposition of Ashes: 7pm, Sanctuary Childcare available by RSVP for ages 4 and under during the worship service.
A sign-up to help with set-up and clean-up will be available soon.