Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6

          Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin His earthly ministry.

          Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God during Lent, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

          Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

          As we prepare our hearts and lives for the celebration of Easter, our church family will have several special opportunities to grow in our relationship with Christ and observe a “holy Lent.” 

         On Ash Wednesday, March 6, the first day of Lent, join us at Hardee’s from 7-10 a.m. for our annual Community Outreach Ash Wednesday observance which will include a time of prayer and the imposition of ashes done in small groups throughout the time period. We encourage you to come and invite someone new to join you. A traditional Ash Wednesday Service will take place in our Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.      

          A special Lenten devotional study and prayer time will take place on the Wednesdays of Lent from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning March 13. We will use  The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, a Christian devotional classic that has inspired countless generations of disciples to deepen their relationship with God. Books are $4/each and would be beneficial to you whether or not you attend the weekly gatherings. Please contact Joanne in the church office by March 6 to order a book (946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org).

          Special devotional materials from the Society of St. Andrew will also be available during Lent.

         UMCOR Sunday will be observed on March 31 which gives us an opportunity to give of ourselves for others.

May we all seek to draw closer to God during this holy season by giving more attention to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, giving to others, and service in Christ’s name. 

Pastor Nancy