Forgive: A study for Lent (2/19-4/2/2023)

February 15, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

Using the Follow Me curriculum during the Education Hour on Sunday mornings (9:15-10:15 AM), we welcome you to join us by Zoom.

The following is a brief description: We forgive because God first forgives us. When we forgive one another, we participate in God’s way of being in the world. At its root, the word forgiveness draws on a Greek word meaning “to let go.” When we forgive one another, we let go of anger over wrong; we let go of a desire for getting even; we let go of the burdens of shame and guilt. To forgive is not to forget; it is an active decision to not live in the past and to build toward a future. Forgiveness does not deny the realities of sin: betrayal, violence, anger, and jealousy. It ensures that wrongs do not have the last word. The final word in forgiveness is God’s grace, available to those who seek to forgive and to move beyond separation and brokenness toward restored relationships with God and one another.

There is an Adult Reflection guide available for pick up in the office. The cost is $9.00 for those who want to contribute to its cost.

A second option for a Lenten study is the class titled -Discovering the Beloved Community in the Gospel of Matthew. This class is already in progress by Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15. Each session is an independent exploration. It is not too late to join. The class would be glad to have you join it.

If you wish to join, please register here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/448ccd.

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Create In Me A New Heart-LENT 2023 

February 15, 2023 Antoinette Richardson

There is so much noise in the world, so many competing voices and so much division. How we long for the space and time to rest in the quiet, to move our bodies in gentle ways, to meditate on a passage from scripture, to join with others in a holy space. 

This Lenten Season, Ying and I invite you to join us for a season of restoration and repair of our inner being.  

Wednesday, February 22 (Ash Wednesday) 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Through sacrament, prayer, music and ashes we will enter the season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.  

Wednesday, March 1, 15 and 29, 7:00 p.m. Join us in the Chapel for 30 minutes, or so, of contemplative worship, gentle bodily movement, scripture and song as we create space for God’s spirit to clear and clean as we seek a new heart for the living of these days.  

A light supper will be served (Deanne Lentz and Morag Keefe will be providing the meals) before each of these gatherings at 6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the sacramental gift of breaking bread together.  

All are welcome to join us when you can.  In order to have enough food we would appreciate that you register here https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/c82a0c. But know that there will be a place for you at the table.  

~John and Ying

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One Among Many ~ Romans 12:1-3

February 25, 2018 Peg Weissbrod

John’s sermon, the 2nd in our Lenten sermon series on Roman 12:1-3 begins just before the 32nd minute mark.

Props to Lois for shaping this preaching series on Romans 12:1-3! As followers of Jesus we are to be living sacrifices – transformed by the renewing of our minds – in other words, as I often say, “we are to get a new mind for a new age.” We are called to be change agents for the Kingdom of God! Read the rest of this entry »

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Be Transformed! ~ Romans 12:1-2; Mark 1: 9-15

February 18, 2018 Peg Weissbrod

Rev. Lois Annich’s sermon begins around the 28 minute mark.

Another Lenten journey has begun. Over the years I’ve heard some people say that the word “journey” has become something of a cliché, but I confess to personally loving the word, conveying as it does a sense of movement that can be at times meandering and at other times purposeful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lay Down Your Burdens ~ Joshua 5: 9-12

March 6, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

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The Lenten Journey: Tough Questions ~ Luke 13:1-9

February 28, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

My sermon this morning is the third of a three-part Lenten series. I want you to think of your life as a spiritual journey of discovery, of formation and transformation. There is no part of life that is not part of the journey: both the triumphs and the tragedies. Those bleak moments when you feel as if nothing is happening may be the most profound moments of all – because there is no time that is not God time; Kairos time, full of meaning and potential time. I believe this! Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Your Light Shine ~ Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99; Luke 9:28-36; 2 Corinthians 3: 12-4: 2

February 7, 2016 Peg Weissbrod

One of my favorite musicians is Sufjan Stevens. Just this morning, I was listening to Spotify and eating my bagel and his song, “The Only Thing” came up on shuffle. It’s a really beautiful song. But what kept sticking out to me, as I was preparing to preach, was the line, “Everything I see returns to you somehow.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Lies and The Truth ~ Matthew 4: 1-11

March 15, 2015 Peg Weissbrod

I’m veering from the Lectionary texts today and taking us backward to the first Sunday of Lent when traditionally we read the story of Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Plain Speaking ~ Mark 8:31-38

March 8, 2009 Peg Weissbrod

These mornings in Lent, Deanne and I are getting up just a wee bit earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

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Driven Out ~ Mark 1:9-15

March 1, 2009 Peg Weissbrod

A little over two weeks ago, the Forest Hill Church pilgrims were Read the rest of this entry »

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