Please join us SUNDAY afternoons for our Lenten Program,
“My Own Private Wormwood”
We will gather after the 10:30 service on Mar. 5, 12, 19 & 26 for
Sunday lunch and fellowship
followed by our Lenten Program
“For we must never forget what is the most repellent and inexplicable trait in our Enemy; He (God) really loves the hairless bipeds He has created and always gives back to them with His right hand what He has taken away with His left.” --Screwtape
Fellowship is so important in our lives as to make the difference between depression and happiness. We have suffered long through the pandemic, separated from each other and unable to participate in regular fellowship events. Sadly, the “Prayer Corner” and prayer cards from our last Lenten Program (March 2020) are still pinned to the dividers downstairs in the Parish Hall. Suffering the outbreak of COVID and being forced into isolation, we stopped that Lenten Program after only two meetings. How wonderful it will be to gather again, in the company of our Lord, to restart our Lenten Fellowship!
As we re-gather for our Lenten Program, things have changed a bit. We are meeting on Sunday afternoons this year, instead of Wednesday nights. This is a big change. We may return to Wednesday night next year, but we have made this difficult decision based on responses of parishioners wanting and being able to attend this season’s program. It’s a brave new world, in-person friends! I am sincerely hoping you will give it a try, even if the subject and format are not your first pick.
As always, there will be a Zoom link provided for our out-of-town friends and for others who cannot attend in person. And as always, long before the pandemic, come to all or one; come to any portion you can in whatever way you can, and you will always be welcomed. That’s what the Creator family is all about!
And now, for some “teasers” from our Program:
"The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn."
"The devill . . the prowde spirite . . cannot endure to be mocked."
“Why did you do that?” The old answer, “The devil made me do it,” was once so popular it was the title of multiple pop songs. Our culture still wrestles with its understanding of good and evil; and, of course, so does the church. Renowned theologian C. S. Lewis takes up this question in his masterful 1942 manuscript, The Screwtape Letters.
Through Lent, we are going to hit Screwtape head-on and wrestle with his diabolical instructions as he counsels “Wormwood,” his devil apprentice, in the art of human corruption. Through a study of Lewis’s satirical and didactic “Screwtape’s letters,” we will gain new insights into the ways of “the devils” and perhaps learn a few things about ourselves in the process.
Come and join the other “hairless bipeds” this Sunday (and the next three Sundays) after Church for food, fellowship, and a close encounter of demonic kind…
Be alert and of sober of mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him firm in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8
Father Bill Burk†