From Our Pastor

This is an excerpt from our January-February 2018 newsletter:A Call to Repentance Joel 2:12-13

 12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.

The world as Joel knew it was in drastic decay, it had been ravaged by locusts and drought. The people were exasperated. They were at their wits end. I fell like Joel sometimes and look at world, and darkness closes in as the task before us can be overwhelming to say the least. What do we do in these times when our world, God’s world is not as it should be?

Lent, for me at least, is the best time to analyze those thoughts. We are given the formula for that change in Joel. “Turn to me with all your heart.” I believe it should read “Turn to me with ALL your heart.” What is in our hearts is not all good, our hearts harbor our hopes and dreams, our highs and lows and the deepest of hurts and disappointments. God desires it ALL. To give it all we have to God we have to get rid of the roadblocks.

The roadblocks are removed through designated time for God and God’s healing touch. The next section of the formula is fasting, weeping and mourning. Sounds like an odd way to bring wellness doesn’t it? I look at it like luggage for a trip. If you are going to Alaska, you pack nice warm clothes. If in time you go to the Caribbean and you never unpacked from your last rip you have no room for what is needed to travel.

In this Lenten season can we unpack the unnecessary and fill up our luggage with the proper items for a fulfilling life’s journey with God? There is much in this life we were not meant to carry beyond the cross. Christ carried much of it for us, yet we still pick it back up. Can we trust in the gracious, merciful God? Can we release and refuel to be a better version of ourselves and move toward who God designed us to be?

Whatever Lenten practices you decide to take on this year, I pray that we, as individuals and as a church, come whole-heartedly before our God who is waiting with open arms to forgive and be an active participant in our lives. This Lenten season reflect on the greatest gift ever given, the gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

Blessings,

Pastor Shannon

God’s Farm Bible Study

“God’s Farm” bible study will be held every Wednesday night at 7pm from Feb. 21-March 28. Please contact Krista Gallo if interested.

Dover District Leadership Training

Dover District Clergy & Laity,

Dover District Leadership Training will take place on Saturday, February 24th at Avenue UMC in Milford, DE.  Attached is the information about the classes being offered which includes the registration form; however, for your convenience, I have also attached (see below) the registration form as a separate document.  Please share this information with the laity at your church.  Registration deadline is February 15th – please make sure you mail early so it arrives on time!

 

Blessings,

Cathy

Cathy J Myers

 

Administrative Assistant

Dover District Office

Phone:  302.526.2629

cmyers@pen-del.org

02-24-2018 Leadership Training

02-24-2018 Leadership Training Registration Form

Prospect Church’s Annual Trunk or Treat

ALL are welcome! Safe, Free, Fun! Come out in your non-gory costume on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:30pm.

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Welcome

Welcome to the West Harrington Charge, home of Prospect United Methodist Church.

As we are about to begin another season, may we always remember there is a time for everything. A time to reflect on where our lives have been.  A time to hold on the here and now.  And a time to see where our life will go.  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 versus 1-8 remind us of this:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Think of all these things as you reflect on where your life was, where your life is now, and where your life will lead you.

Prospect United Methodist Church welcomes you and can help you in “Your Time.” Join us at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday morning. 

Love in Christ,

Krista Gallo

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