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Pastor's Message
From the desk of Reverend, Carl Freeto

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ASH WEDNESDAY is the beginning of the Christian season of penitence humility. The Webster’s definition of Lent says it is a period of 40 days before Easter during which many Christians do not eat certain foods or do certain pleasurable activities as a way of remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ.
John Wesley left the season of Lent out of his first order of worship. He ignored Lent, not because he was indifferent toward those practices of self-denial and service, but because Lenten disciplines were woven into the very core of Methodist practice. The third General Rule called all Methodist both to practice and commend others to practice “abstinence or fasting” on a regular, ongoing basis.
So, Wesley would likely say we need to move toward the practices of Lent, and not away from them. The early Methodists asked each other “How is it with your soul?” as they lived a Lenten life.
As I thought about how we might improve our community…I ran across this poem. It reminded me that, though we can do better in our walk with Jesus, church isn’t a perfect place, but a place to grow into Christ.
If you should find
the perfect church
without fault or smear,
Please, don't join that church,
you'd spoil the atmosphere.
If you should find the perfect church
where all anxieties cease,
Then pass it by lest joining it
you mar the masterpiece.
If you should find the perfect church,
then don't you ever dare
To tread upon such holy ground
you'd be a misfit there.
But since no perfect church exists...
made of imperfect men,
Then let's cease looking for that church,
and love the one we're in.
Of course, it's not a perfect church,
that's simple to discern,
But you and I and all of us
could cause the tide to turn.
So, let's keep working in our church
until the resurrection,
And then we each will join God's church
without an imperfection.
John Wesley laid claim to the disciplines of Lent every day.  For us, the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and sacrifice are an invitation to remember who we are (less than perfect creatures).  Once more, we are reminded of a life given faithfully by Jesus to his Heavenly Father.  His life can define and shape our lives, if we will accept the beauty and cost of a faithful living.  What is more, we can begin to see our potential as forgiven persons called to claim that gift.  Then we can live lives that are as faithful and loving to a degree that approaches that of Christ...
See you in Church Sunday,
Pastor Carl Freeto