Good Folks, It is Friday, March 1, 2019. This coming Tuesday, we will have our annual Fat Tuesday Fish Fry (03/05) with delicious fried fish provided. Folks will bring side dishes: vegetables, salads, desserts and fellowship. A gumbo “contest” will be part of this year’s activities. We will have fun. Do RSVP to Melissa@fumcd.com. One of my favorites is “Pink Stuff.” Hint, Hint, Hint.
The next day begins Lent, Ash Wednesday. We will have a drive-thru area on Main Street by our electronic sign as in previous years (6:30-8:30am), a Come & Go Imposition of Ashes in the Chapel (12noon-1pm) and a worship service in the sanctuary at 7PM. “From dust you came and to dust you shall return.”
I saw on a billboard these words years ago: “Embracing the Future, Honoring Tradition.” It has been said that there are two things in life that are certain: Death and Taxes. I believe there are really four. The third being “change” and the fourth being “God’s Grace.” How change is manifested could be radical and immediate. On the other hand, it could be evolutionary, slow to develop. Nevertheless, change happens. Many have lived long enough to witness great strides in medicine, automobiles, space travel, communication, music, and the list goes on. I remember gasoline being 19 cents a gallon, groceries for a family of eight for one month costing $100.00. I could give additional examples of what “it used to be like.” So could you. What has remained constant, unchanged throughout human history is God’s love, manifested through Christ and God’s Word. How that is proclaimed has changed.
Change happens. It happens when clergy receive an appointment to a church, when a loved one moves from the area, when our children grow up and the home becomes an “empty nest.” Change happens. What are constant is God’s unfailing Word, God’s desire for all to live life abundantly (John 10:10) and to have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world. I heard a prayer that incorporated these words, “some of us are grown, and some are growing. But what will happen with the gifts we give will be miraculous.”
May this Lenten season be miraculous for you and yours. Pray daily. Give thanks always.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)