Today, we celebrate Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, and yet, we are mindful that tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, ushers in Lent.
As we approach Ash Wednesday, we ponder the ways we have not been faithful to God and we enter into the 40 days of Lent with deeper prayer and reflection so we can move closer to God.
The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church will have a day of prayer for the 2016 General Conference.
January 1 will lead off 131 days of continual prayer for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (#UMCGC), which meets May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The quadrennial legislative event begins 131 days after the New Year. By coincidence, there are 131 annual (regional) conferences in The United Methodist Church. The Council of… Continue Reading→
Beginning at noon on Ash Wednesday, the Communications Office will send out a daily Lenten reflection via email and our website through the 40 days of Lent.
Dear United Methodist friends, Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Praying these words from Psalm 51, we move into the season of Lent today. With the weather conditions and forecast for this evening, many Ash Wednesday services across our annual conference will be cancelled. How then might… Continue Reading→
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward brings us into the season of Lent, Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday.
As Lent begins this week, Bishop Ward talks about God’s redemption and restoration.
Bishop Ward’s video about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday is above. Read the transcript below. “Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. Many places in our world are experiencing a huge party at this very moment, on the eve of Lent. It was, in the history of the church, a time for people… Continue Reading→