February 7th at 9:30 am
Billy Strayhorn looked at this passage in Mark and explained it this way: A little boy asked his mother, "Marriage makes you have babies, doesn't it, Mom?" The mother reluctantly answered her son, “Well, not exactly. Just because you are married does not mean that you have a baby." The boy continued his inquiry: "Then how do you have babies?" His mother, not very enthusiastic about continuing, answered, “It’s kind of hard to explain." The boy paused and thought for a moment. He then moved closer to Mom, looked her right in eye, and carefully said, "You don't really know how it works, do you, Mom?"
Believe it or not, this is one of the most dreaded Sundays in the Christian year for folks who use the Lectionary for their preaching. Why? Because it deals with the Transfiguration of Jesus. Generally, this is one of those "What does that mean and how am I supposed to explain that?", sort of passages. It’s difficult because, like the little boy told his mother, we "don't really know how it works." And when you don't know how something works, it's hard to explain.
Come to worship this week and we will together see what God may want us to learn from this strange story.
Join us this Sunday, February 7th at 9:30am
An Invitation to a Lenten Study
Spend time with the Scriptures during Lent
The Return of the Prodigal Son:A Story of Homecoming
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
This five-week study will begin the week of February 14th on:
- Sundays, following worship, led by Melva-Jean Shepherd
- Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 am with the Women’s Group at Kimball Farms
- Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, led by Pastor Jim Cann
This powerful meditation illuminates the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke's Gospel. Nouwen discovers anew the reality that God's love is unconditional and shares his own spiritual journey with us. After an exhausting lecture circuit, Nouwen says he felt “anxious, lonely, restless and very needy.” When he chanced upon a reproduction of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son, the masterpiece was so powerful that he felt embraced by God's love as if he had “come home.” He traveled to see the original painting in Russia and was profoundly inspired by the encounter.
In this book, Nouwen shares his own experience as the wayward son as well as the vengeful older brother and the compassionate father. He speaks to all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger, and invites us to homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation. The Return of the Prodigal Son will transform your reading of the parable and the way you understand your life story.
Ordering details: ISBN-10: 0385473079. The book is available as a paperback ($9.50) or as e-book ($11.99) at either Amazon.com or CBD.com. An order will be placed through the church by 2/7/16, to be distributed by Ash Wednesday.
We invite you to visit our Habitat
informational display in Fellowship Hall.
Where will the Habitat house be built? Check out the Westford location on the map downstairs.
How will our Habitat fundraising campaign work? The Habitat leadership team is available to discuss specific ideas to raise funds within your family, church group, or on an individual basis. Team members include: Jim Cann, Louise Provan, Linda Keefer, Bill Kruger, Tina Gleich. Some of us will be available to chat with you on Sundays after church. Any of our many small groups within the church that you belong to may select to do their own fundraising event and/or make a donation to Habitat. Fundraising ideas are posted downstairs. You OR your small group/family are invited to sign up to “purchase” a specific part of our house such as a window, door, walls, etc. When you sign up, please take a “little wooden house charm” attached to our miniature house, as a reminder that you helped provide a home for a family.
House Building Volunteers – Our church will get “credit” for the hours each one of us donate to build on an existing Habitat house in this area. Your DONATION will be $100 to participate in house building. Hopefully we can put together a “Build Day” for those who would like to participate.
How much has been donated? Check out the thermometer !
February 10th at 7:30 PM
This service held in our church includes hymns, special music by the choir, and offering ashes to place on the foreheads of participants.
Please join us for the 2nd annual “Mardi Gras” themed Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!
Annual Church Leadership Workshops
Saturday, February 27th
UM Women Meeting Sunday, Februrary 28th after worship
Hymn Sing and Pie Social
6:30 Pie Social
7:00 Hymn Sing
All Women Agape Meal
Sunday, March 13th
10 Church Street
Westford, MA 01886
Sunday Morning Worship
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