Tattered and Mended
“A time to tear and a time to mend” – Ecclesiastes 3: 7
A 2024 Lenten Sermon Series
William Street UMC
“The quality of human life on the planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions. Forgiveness is the way we mend tears in the social fabric. It is the way we stop our human community from unraveling. This book is an invitation for you to walk with us on the path of forgiveness.” – from The Book of Forgiving
Join William Street United Methodist Church this Lenten season as we explore forgiveness. The worship series will be enriched with themes taken from The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu. It is sure to be a powerful series as we are reminded of the power of forgiveness to mend our relationships.
February 11 – Devotional Booklet written by William Street folks available.
February 14 – Ash Wednesday worship at 7 p.m.
February 18 – March 24 (Sundays)– Tattered and Mended Worship services at 10:25 a.m. (in person or online)
February 18 – March 24 (Sundays)– Adult Lenten Study at 9 a.m.
February 19 – March 25 (Mondays) – Adult Lenten Study at 6 pm.
March 28 – Maundy Thursday Worship at 7 p.m. Service held at Asbury UMC.
March 29 – Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m. Service held at William Street UMC.
March 30 – Easter Vigil Service at dusk (Time TBD). Service held at Zion UCC.
March 31 – Easter Sunrise at 8 a.m.
March 31 – Children’s Crafts, Snacks and Music at 9 a.m.
March 31 – Easter Traditional at 10:25 a.m
March 31 – Easter Egg/ Scavenger Hunt following 10:25 service
A note from Pastor Jennifer Applegate
February 16, 2024
If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—simply come clean about them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God. – 1 John 1: 8-10 (The Message)
Over the next 6 weeks, as we journey toward Easter, we will do some self-examination and open ourselves up to the places where we are tattered and torn. This Lenten season we will explore and emphasize forgiveness, through the sermon series and small group studies. We will discover why forgiveness is an essential component to our faith journey and something that we must practice ourselves in order to keep our social order together.
Desmond Tutu writes in The Book of Forgiving, “I would like to share with you two simple truths: there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and there is no one undeserving of forgiveness. When you can see and understand that we are all bound to one another, then you will know this to be true…Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again.” (p. 3)
We have an opportunity as a congregation to take this journey together in deep and profound ways. Together, we can discover how to love better, offer forgiveness, and open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit in new ways. We begin our exploration of forgiveness this Sunday as we reflect on why forgiveness is important. Ultimately, it is because God first forgives us.
Do you struggle with forgiveness? If so, you’re not alone. It is one of the most distorted and misunderstood concepts of our faith. This series will help shine a light on what healthy forgiveness looks like and how to walk through our own process. As Desmond Tutu puts it, it is a simple process, but is not an easy one.
I’ll see you in worship on Sunday, February 18, 2024, in person or online https://www.facebook.com/WilliamStreetUMC/ as we begin our Lenten journey together.
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