In-person worship returns to Laurel!

We’re excited to share the news that we will once again welcome everyone for in-person worship at our Sunday service, beginning Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 AM.

For the safety and well-being of all, we will continue to require that masks be worn and social-distancing maintained while attending in-person services or other events at Laurel.

Of course, we understand that not everyone feels comfortable yet with gathering in person; we will also continue to live-stream services, and we welcome all to participate from wherever you are.

 

Lent practice opportunities

Shrove Tuesday, February 16th: Celebrate Fat Tuesday by eating pancakes the last day before Lent begins. Pope Gregory in 600 AD banned meat and meat products during Lent, so pancakes were eaten to use up all dairy products in the house. It is also one last hurrah before the solemn days of fasting, praying and walking with our Suffering Servant begin.

Lent Practice: Ask God to show you how to walk with our Suffering Servant through these upcoming 40-days of Lent. Traditionally, this is a time of soul searching, of prayer, of contemplation. Many people give up things for Lent as one way to practice this solidarity. You might think about adding an act of loving kindness each day to expand Jesus’s footprint of love in the world. Or, expand your practice of caring for yourself so God’s love is known here too – eating for health, or gently exercising, or adding dedicated meditation time with God. All of these ways help us to know the love of God in the details of our living, and in our world. You can track your Lenten discipline using the Leading with the Heart of God chart (see below).

Leading with the Heart of God: A Lenten formation chart will be included in the Ash Wed kit that will help you track your spiritual discipline. Please adapt it so it is useful to you. This will also be emailed to you, and extras will be left in a baggie outside under the canopy.

Lent Study of JOB: We will be meeting by Zoom on Wednesday nights, starting on February 24th for five Wednesdays, through March 24th, at 7 pm. We will be using the bible as our main source along with Harold Kushner’s book, When bad things happen to good people. Please email Rev. Ann (laurelpres.cherry@gmail.com) if you are interested and she will get a book to you. The class will meet for about an hour (plus) each time. Love to have you join us