The Community United Presbyterian Church


Matthew 4 (NIV)

 

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

 

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

We enter the season of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, March 1st. The term Lentin comes from European roots meaning both the spring season and to lengthen – as in the lengthening of day light. From Biblical Latin and Greek, Lentin refers to forty – specifically the forty days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.

So what does this scripture have to do with each of us as Christians and Easter? The forty days before Easter is a time to examine our own lives and temptations as Christians, to repent for our shortcomings and sins, and to ask for the forgiveness which is offered to us by the sacrifice and grace of Jesus Christ. It is also a time to make positive changes in our lives, brought about through this contemplation. We are blessed with ashes this first Wednesday, as a sign of repentance for sin symbolized throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament. It is also a reminder of our own mortality – ashes to ashes, dust to dust. This emphasizes the importance of Christ’s presence in our daily lives, and the need to focus on Christ in the present each and every day.

As we look to the cross in the front of our own sanctuary, notice that it is not a crucifix. It is an empty cross. Our hope lies not only in the crucifixion of Jesus, but in the resurrection of Christ our Lord and Savior. This is the symbolization of the empty cross in our lives.

So as we enter this season of Lent and Easter together, know that you are not alone in your joy or in your        suffering. I pray that you find the love and peace that is Christ Jesus.

May God bless you,

Grafton

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND OUR CHURCH

    • February 28: Pancake Dinner at Congruity Presbyterian Church.
    • March 1: Ash Wednesday service at  CUP, 7 PM
    • March 4 World Day of Prayer at the Methodist Church at 9:30 AM
    • March 5: Celebrate the Gifts of Women Service at CUP, 11 AM
    • March 5: Soup and Sandwich Luncheon after service, 12 PM
    • March 9: PW Gathering at 7 PM
    • March 12: Deacons Spring Pie Sale begins
    • March 22: Lenten Service at CUP, Rev. Charles Brownawell preaching, 7 PM
    • March 25: Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet
    • April 1: PW Spring Gathering at Level Green PC, Trafford
    • April 2: Last day to order pies

     

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     THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Spaghetti Dinner on February 12th. We really  appreciate everyone who sold tickets or bought a tickets, donated food items, donated money,  and those who worked the dinner and helped clean-up. It was great to work together on this project and raise $1650.37 for our church.

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   It that time again: Deacons Spring Pie Sale Orders are due April 2, The pies will be delivered in time for Mother's Day. 

See any Deacon for an order plank.

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Mark your calendar

April 16, Easter Sunday,  we will have an Easter Egg Hunt (10:00—10:15 AM) after worship and before the Easter Breakfast. All children are encourage to attend. There will be plenty of Eggs hidden around the church with a surprise in them.. Please plan on attending worship then the Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast.

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UP COMING EVENTS

Lenten Services all Lenten Services at 7 PM

March 1, 2017:    Ash Wednesday Service at CUP

March 8, 2017:    Methodist Church, Cliff Foster preaching

March 15, 2017:    Congruity Church, Grafton Eliason preaching

March 22, 2017:    CUP, Charlie Brownawell preaching

March 29, 2017:    No Wall Church, Methodist Minister

April 5, 2017:           Methodist Church, Concert

April 9, 2017:           Palm Sunday at 11 AM

April 13, 2017:         Maundy Thursday, Communion CUP At 7 PM

April 14, 2017:         Good Friday, CUP, Grafton Eliason preaching at 7 PM

April 16, 2017:        Easter Sunday at 9 AM

April 16, 2017:        Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 - 10:15 AM

April 16, 2017:        Easter Breakfast at 10:00 AM

 

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