Immanuel United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush

United for the Resurrection

The Lenten Season will be upon us in just a few days and our Society and our denomination seems to be so divided. However, Immanuel, we continue to stand united in our commitment that God’s Love is for everybody. I feel so blessed by our Lord to be your Pastor, as we continue to be the hands and feet of Christ as we invite all people to be part of our Christian family.
The season of Lent is the forty weekdays that start on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and ends on the eve of Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019. This year we will have Potluck/Bible Study on the Lord’s Prayer, Youth led Palm Sunday Service and once again we have 6:30am Sunrise Easter Prayer Service. Please see the attached brochure as we unite with Harper Woods Redeemer, Detroit Mt. Hope, Roseville Trinity for our Lenten Co-op Services. Lent should remind us that we are born in sin, and that we must repent of that sin.  In addition, we must not put anything before our God.  Lent is not about our fast from something to make us feel or look good, but it is about us moving obstacles out of the way, as we strengthen our relationship with God.  If we are  telling someone that we are giving up  chocolate, texting,  or red meat etc. are we really strengthening our relationship with God or are we saying “Look at me , I am a good Christian and  I can give up something for forty days”? 
Matthew 6: 16-21 speaks on this form of sacrifice:

16 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  18so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Once the cross of ash is placed on us, this represents us looking to repent of our sins and clear our minds of any obstacles that separate us from God.  The great part about the Lenten season is that when we give up something for forty days and forty nights, it no longer becomes an obstacle between us and our relationship with God.

For I can do everything through Christ,
who gives me strength.


Pastor Albert L. Rush

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