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Emmaus Faith Community
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eNews February 12, 2018

Dear Beloved of God,

Lent.  We often associate Lent with gloom and dour demeanors, connecting the season to self-denial and ascetic practices meant to make us miserable because we are miserable sinners.

I, once again, would like to challenge the notion that Lent is about “giving up” pleasures for the sake of making ourselves miserable.

Yes, we are sinners, and God loves us and freely offers forgiveness to all.  We need to come before God in repentance after honest reflection and self-examination … and then we embrace the forgiveness bestowed through grace.

The season of Lent invites such self-examination through any number of spiritual disciplines meant to help us focus our intention of reconciliation and renewal in God.

Whether you choose to “give up” something (which is a form of fasting) or you choose to take on something (intentional prayer time, study, volunteering) or a combination, you can approach Lent in joy because in Lent we are reminded, once again, that the grace of God abounds.  Lent is indeed a solemn season – meaning that it is a season that is thoughtful and inspires awe; it does not mean that Lent is a grim or morose season.

Let us keep a holy Lent by prayer, fasting, and giving of our time and resources.  Let us keep a holy Lent in the joy of God’s grace, embracing the invitation to repentance, reconciliation, and renewed relationship with God whose love is steadfast, whose mercy is never-ending, and whose compassion is unconditional.

If you wish to engage in a spiritual discipline for Lent, but are unsure about the myriad of practices, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available to those who wish to receive it.  It is particularly appropriate to receive the sacrament during Lent.  You may contact me or Father John to make an appointment to receive the sacrament.

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Our quarterly parish meeting is this Sunday following our monthly potluck.  All parish meetings are important as the community determines the course of the parish.  The February meeting is even more so as we discuss budgetary issues for the coming year.

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Father John shares his thoughts on the Sunday of the Transfiguration:

  • Peter wants to build flimsy little shelters for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah and to stay there, adoring the transfigured Christ and the other two. This is wrong because a greater thing – the resurrection – is coming. But first Death.
  • St. John of the Cross says that we are called to follow the Christ into the darkness of the forest, and in there come to reject those things which are not God as we search for the Divine; not even the vision of God is God.
  • That process is what we are called to in Lent: To reject the easy idos of our lives to find God, and to wait for the Resurrection.

All of that is hard, but it is what we are called to individually and as community.

Grace and Peace, 

Mother Linda 
The Reverend Linda S. Harrison
pastor, Emmaus Faith Community 

CALENDAR
February 14 – Ash Wednesday, 9:00am – Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist
February 18 – Parish Potluck and Quarterly Parish Meeting following mass
RECURRING EVENTS
Public office hours: Panera Bread in Seneca Meadows located at 20680 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown, 20876.  Stop by for a cuppa and a chat with your priest between noon and 2:00pm.
Anointing of the sick is offered the second Sunday of each month.  You may also request anointing of the sick at other times.
Community potluck dinner is every third Sunday of the month after mass.  You are ALWAYS invited to potluck, whether you can make it to mass or not.  Food and fellowship are always a holy thing.
MUSIC
Feb 18 – Ann

GATHERING FOR MASS
Sundays, 5:00 PM

11301 Neelsville Church Road,
Germantown, MD 20876

(The Dayspring Farmhouse)

Parish phone
301-509-5932

THE LECTIONARY TEXTS
First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

GRATITUDES

  • Cocoa beans
  • Trip to Florida to see family
  • Rain

CONCERNS
New this week

  • Family and friends of Marty Dover who mourn his death
  • Chris
  • Rebecca
  • Rick
  • Lino

Please continue to pray for:

  • Len
  • Charlie H
  • Nancy B and family
  • Terri
  • Charity and family in the wake of a cancer diagnosis
  • Rick
  • Summer
  • Michael F
  • Suzie B
  • John C Robison
  • John Marino
  • Father John
  • Curtis Pasch and family, and the judicial process
  • Virginia Mae
  • Eileen B and family
  • Connie
  • Bonnie
  • Local, state, and federal elected public servants of the people
  • People without access to clean drinking water
  • All who resist and persist
  • People in such despair that they turn to suicide, and their families and loved ones
  • All who are affected by gun violence
  • Refugees and those providing humanitarian aid
  • The healing of nations, cities, territories, and neighborhoods ravaged by war and terrorism
  • Reconciliation of global sectarian, racial, and ethnic violence
  • People trying to survive on the streets
  • Dayspring Church
  • The TAME coalition and the work of Margaret
  • The people we have not yet met on the road to Emmaus Faith Community
  • The future parishes of our diocese
  • The mission, ministry, laity, and clergy of The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States
Please let Mother Linda know of any additions or changes to the prayer list.

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