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Abbey United Church of Christ
6th and Church Street Huntingdon, PA 16652
Over the past three months, we've had some highly memorable worship services-
The sermons God has given me throughout February are both calling you and teaching you to be the church. The beatitudes reveal God's standards for honoring or blessing human beings, and not surprisingly, perhaps, we find God's measures are far different than our own for esteeming one another.
A Message from the Abbey’s new Pastor, Donna Jarrell
As I pen this note for the upcoming newsletter, two things are about to happen. First of all, at the end of February, I'll be marking my third full month as your new minister; and secondly, together, on March 1st we will be entering our first shared season of Lent.
Next, we moved into the passages that teach us not so much what God values in others, but rather, how, as believers, to be in relationship with others in this oh-
More recently, we've been reviewing the famous You've heard it said, but I say unto you statements in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus teaches we are to be proactive in our day-
Finally, we came to one of the most challenging passages of the New Testament. Jesus instructs us to love our enemy and pray for those who persecute us. This behavior, this love, is what identifies us as the sons and daughters of God-
February's teachings are nothing short of daunting. I would not want you all to think that after one solid sermon on the matter, you will be transformed into angels, but to recognize these are the standards to which we aspire, standards that mark kingdom living. A pray for someone who persecutes you might simply start as, Dear God. I hate X. I hate the way X acts and moves and lives in this world. I would like to X X out. Please help me. Please help X. Thank you.
As we close our first quarter review and move into Lent, we will be walking with Jesus, the disciples, and the others who followed him toward the cross. Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness provides the framework for this time of increased self-
During Lent, I invite you to discipline yourself to regular prayer and scripture reading. I invite you to commit to gather each week with the body of believers to hear the Word, worship our God, and fellowship with each other. I invite you to practice praying for those who persecute you. If your Lenten tradition requires a form of self-
In the meantime, keep up the good work out there. A light on a hillside cannot be hidden.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of ...