Get Ready for Ash Wednesday!
On Ash Wednesday, we are invited “in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; . . .” (BCP, p. 265)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty days of Lent. Blessed ashes, obtained by burning the palms used on the previous Palm Sunday, are placed on the foreheads of worshipers in the shape of a cross.
Ash Wednesday and the liturgy of this day, can evoke for us reminders of the things that are important. It tells us to not take a moment of this time for granted, to live and love to the fullest, to treasure this precious world, and to treasure those we love and those who love us. It is a day to remember that God loves us so much as to make sacrifices for us when we are unable to do so ourselves. It is a day to allow God in Christ to forgive us so that we might live the residue of our lives reflecting the very love that God has for us and for all of creation. It is a day that we may remind ourselves with great humility to love God and love all others.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Today we celebrate Valentine's Day with all our loved ones by sharing chocolates, cards, roses, and more. We also are beginning the season of Lent. Both provide the time to focus on love and presence. Both offer invitations to go deeper into God's love for us. In the days ahead I pray that you find invitations to present to yourself and to others. Listen for God's voice in the quiet and in the encouragement from friends and family.
God of wonder and of joy; grace comes from you, and you alone are the source of life and love. Without you, we cannot please you; without your love, our deeds are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love. That we may worship you now with thankful hearts and serve you always with tilling minds; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ahem.
Join us January 22, 2023
The annual congregational meeting will be January 22 in the parish hall, right after the Sunday service. We will start by sharing a meal. Darlene will bring soup. Other dishes, bread, salads, or desserts will be welcome. As always, the annual meeting is essential to having a successful year. Your attendance and participation are so important; please make plans now to attend.
There will be a review of 2022, the 2023 budget will be presented, and there will be opportunities for everyone to ask questions and share ideas for the future of Christ Church. An important part of the meeting will be the election of new Vestry members and our two congregational representatives to the Montana Diocesan Convention. It may be that a Vestry or Convention delegate position won’t work for you this year, if not, there are many other ways to contribute to the life of this community.
Help is always needed and welcome in a variety of ways. This is just a short list of ways you might contribute:
New Year, New Us
We would love to wish everyone a Happy New Year! There are many new changes happening at Christ Church in Sheridan Montana and we are very excited to share them with you. Please keep your eye on our new website. Have a wonderful New Year!
Join us for Christmas Eve
Victorian Birthday party for the church... and Fund Raiser for Windows! And fun!
Family Game Night Rolls On!! Here on 23 March -- next one is the 27th of April!