Senior Pastor's Note

Senior Pastor, Rev. Peter Hey
Reverend, Peter Hey
Dear Ones,
This Lenten season we will be blessed by two resources. The first is a devotional guide by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie entitled Good Enough. I want everyone to buy the book and read one devotional each day between Ash Wednesday (March 2) and Easter Sunday (April 17). Five minutes a day could make a remarkable difference in your life. We are considering Soup and spirit “in-person” this year and would like to gauge your comfort level with that plan. If you are willing to meet in person, please sign up by contacting the church office at (978) 658-4519 or by email wilmingtonumcoffice@gmail.com. If you are not comfortable meeting in person, please contact the office and we will arrange a virtual option.

The second resource is a series of ten worship services from The Worship Design Studios of Marcia McPhee. We have used her materials in the past. She has created scripts that we will adapt for Ash Wednesday, the five Sundays of Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. These services will also follow the themes found in the devotional.

Many live with the tyranny of unrealistic expectations. We compare ourselves to the "ideal lives" posted on social media. We search for the biggest and the best, and we miss the beauty and wonders at our fingertips. I found this blessing in the book:

A Blessing for a Joyful Mediocre Journey

Blessed are you
who realize there is simply not enough
--time, money, resources.

Blessed are you
who are tired of pretending that raw effort is the secret to perfection.
It's not. And you know that now.

Blessed are you
who need a gentle reminder that even now, even today, God is here, and somehow, that is good enough.
-Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie

I look forward to worshiping with you either in person or virtually, and I hope we have a strong turnout for Soup and Spirit.

Grace and peace
Peter

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