United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek

The United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek, Michigan 

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Each Wednesday throughout Lent (March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 13) we will meet at 6:30pm in our Sanctuary to watch the DVD Series - That The World May Know.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service is April 13 in our Sanctuary.
Good Friday Prayer Service is April 14.
Annual Kids Easter Fair is Saturday April 15 10a-12p in our Family Life Center.

Easter Services (April 16) 8:30am & 11:00am in our Family Life Center!
Easter Breakfast ON US (April 16) at 9:45am!

40 Days of Lent: Find your own spiritual path
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino

Taking time for introspection and reflection is an important element in making Lent more meaningful.

During Ash Wednesday services on the first day of Lent, many United Methodist pastors will invite their congregations “to observe a holy Lent: by self–examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self–denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word” (from the United Methodist Book of Worship). While you may be aware of this season leading up to Easter, you may wonder how you might “observe a holy Lent.”

There is no one prescribed way. Instead, we are each encouraged to find our own method of confronting our sinfulness, remembering our mortality, and giving thanks for the gift of salvation we receive through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

One of the more common practices is to give something up for Lent. Some abstain from chocolate, social media, shopping, or something else through the season. This is a religious practice known as fasting. We fast to reorient ourselves away from the distraction of those things, and back toward God.

Another way to reorient your life toward God, is to focus on devotional practices like Bible study and prayer during the season.
Spending extra time in Bible reading and prayer is a great way to observe Lent. 

Bible reading
Many do not know where to begin when reading the Bible. The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide and Alive Now will help guide you in this pursuit. Each day they provide a scripture passage and wonderfully thought-provoking and spirit-enriching material to read and think about.

In the busyness of our everyday lives, prayer can sometimes get squeezed out. Lent is a wonderful time to intentionally work toward finding more time in your life for prayer. You can experiment with different ways to pray during the season, or really delve into a new-to-you way of praying. Enriching your prayer life is a great way to spend Lent.

Another way to observe a holy Lent is to take on a new way of serving. Throughout the forty days of the season you can adopt a new habit of volunteering in the community, making special financial gifts to service organizations, singing in the choir, or participating in a small group.

An important practice with which many of us struggle is the spiritual discipline of rest or Sabbath. We don’t have to rest on Saturday, the traditional Sabbath day, or even Sunday. You can instead find moments during an ordinary day to be still in God's presence. You might choose to spend a few minutes during lunch with a desktop meditation, listen to sermons on your commute, or read a poem that feeds your spirit. Each can be a great way of enriching your Lent.