Dear Asbury Church Members,
Dear Asbury Members and Friends,
On Ash Wednesday, February 17, we will worship at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter.” This is why you will see the designation “Sunday in Lent” rather than “Sunday of Lent” in the naming of these Sundays. On each Lord’s Day in Lent, while Lenten fasts continue, the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. (United Methodist Communications)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February is Black History Month, a time to consider important U.S. history that has been largely left out of our mainline history books. What we know as Black history is also important for white people, as it tells us so much about how we have become the country we are today, It’s also important in terms of understanding the nature of the United Methodist Church. Richard Allen (February 14, 1760 – March 26, 1831) was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America’s most active and influential Black leaders. In recognition of his leadership and preaching, Allen was ordained as the first Black Methodist minister by Bishop Francis Asbury. But he and other Black people experienced so much racism in the Methodist church that in 1794 Allen left to found the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent Black denomination in the United States.
READING THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
For all those who are joining us in reading through the entire Bible in 2021, here are the readings for February:
Feb. 1 Leviticus 1-3 Feb. 2 Leviticus 4-6 Feb. 3 Leviticus 7-8
Feb. 4 Leviticus 9-10 Feb. 5 Leviticus 11-13 Feb. 6 Leviticus 14-15
Feb. 7 Leviticus 16-18 Feb. 8 Leviticus 19-21 Feb. 9 Leviticus 22-23
Feb. 10 Leviticus 24-25 Feb. 11 Leviticus 26-27 Feb. 12 Numbers 1-2
Feb. 13 Numbers 3-4 Feb. 14 Numbers 5-6 Feb. 15 Numbers 7
Feb. 16 Numbers 8-9 Feb. 17 Numbers 10-11 Feb. 18 Numbers 12-13
Feb. 19 Numbers 14-15 Feb. 20 Numbers 16-18 Feb. 21 Numbers 19-20
Feb. 22 Numbers 21-22 Feb. 23 Numbers 23-25 Feb. 24 Numbers 26-27
Feb. 25 Numbers 28-29 Feb. 26 Numbers 30-31 Feb. 27 Numbers 32-33
Feb. 28 Numbers 34-36
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
Six Thursday evenings from February 25 to April 1
7:15 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom or call in by phone – Please join us and invite your friends and family.
Cathy Adlesic and Pastor Doug will co-lead this group. We will consider the Wesleyan question: “How is it with your soul?” and we will explore the Examen, a Jesuit spiritual method for growing closer in our relationship with God.