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Message from Rev. Jo Ann Cooper, Gretna UMC will be having both Traditions Service at 8:30am and Mosaic Contemporary Service at 10:30am on Sunday. Join us....there is always a place for you with us. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay blessed.

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Lent: an opportunity to linger… I felt as though I was as prepared for my first Ash Wednesday at Gretna UMC as I could have been. Worship guide printed, handouts folded, ashes prepared, sanctuary lights on… 7AM-8AM is quite early for a service. Would anyone show up? Two folks came - to make certain I wasn’t alone. They made coffee and were a great source of encouragement. As 7:00AM approached, another came, then another… then another… then another. Throughout the hour folks came and went. I realized I wasn’t as prepared as I had thought. I wasn’t prepared for how folks would linger in the stillness and quietness of the morning. Most of the time when we enter the sanctuary it is filled with praise and community. We certainly give thanks to God for those moments! But may we never pass up the opportunity to linger. Whether we are in a church, at work, at school, or running errands - find those moments to pause, breathe deeply and notice the life that is yours. Your life has purpose. Your life has meaning. And then… notice someone else in your path. That life, too, has purpose. That life, too, has meaning.

As we gather Sunday to break Bread, to sing songs of praise and to share hospitality, find that moment to linger… to give thanks… to notice that you are loved by God and embrace the path God has for your life.

Invite someone to join you! #TheJourneyContinues Pastor Jo

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Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive… There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.

As we enter into the Lenten Season, I ask that you prayerfully consider how God might want to speak words of abundant LIFE and beauty into our hearts and minds as we walk together the journey before us.

On February 26th please join us for a “Come and Go” Ash Wednesday morning service in the sanctuary from 7:00am-8:00am or in the parking lot for our “Drive Thru Ashes” from 11:30am-1:00pm or 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Each sermon during Lent will invite us to discover a path to a deeper understanding of what it means to truly live life as though everyday matters. Please invite someone to join you for our Lenten Services each Sunday!

Pastor Jo

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