First United Methodist Church, Torrington CT
Sunday, September 21, 2014
From Pastor Barbara
Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Torrington. We are a purpose-driven church
that provides many opportunities to grow individually in the midst of your family and, of course,
within the community of our faith. I would like to visit
with you or someone you know of who could
use a visit. Please contact the office to schedule a time. This is a great way for me to get to know
you and a great way for you to get to know our church. Our phone number is 860-489-8084. Our email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see my message below from the church's monthly
newsletter, which we plan to update on this web page every month as well.
As we enter this most Holy Season of Lent I invite each of you to search for your center of spirit. Find there your calm, your peace and the love of Christ has for you. You are are a precious child of God.
Service of worship and impostion of Ashes
Feb, 13th at 7:oo Pm
Starting Tuesday, Feb 12th at 7:00 P.M.
a study by Rev. Adam Hamilton
Thursday, Feb, 21stWorship Service followed by a free will offering lunch to benefit Torrington Area Council of Churches Emergency Fund
The Belfry Echo
First United Methodist Church of Torrington
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12: 2
Have you ever embarked on a long, arduous journey? Perhaps, by train, plane or automobile? Inevitably, a long trip means we will face endless lines, frustration, exhaustion and such great expense. Why would anyone submit to that torture? The answer is easy: at the end of the journey is the destination. The long road is made easier by focusing on whatever joy is to come at the end of the journey.
Lent, too, is a journey; a sometimes arduous journey, but never the less a journey toward the greatest joy. We perhaps do not desire to embark upon our Lenten journey or even understand the reason for the season of penitence. So why endure Lent? Because at the end of Lent is our only reason, the cross of Jesus Christ. That is our focus. Keep your focus not on the difficulties of the journey, but on the destination: the cross.
As difficult as it may be to look at the cross, as much as our guilt and sin lie there, remember that what the cross speaks of is not only our inadequacy but, more importantly, of the adequacy and the depth and reach of the love God has for each of us. Our walk in Lent not a journey to despair, but toward the gift of endless love, mercy and grace of God, offered to us though the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If our destination is to meet Our Risen Lord, then we must first embark on the journey with Christ to the Cross,
Our journey begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13th. Throughout Lent there will be opportunities for worship, prayer, and study. Take the steps to the Cross and receive the gift of Love.
In Christ’s Love,