“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” -Pam Beesly, The Office
In the Christian faith, we often think of “mountaintop” experiences. Extraordinary moments where we encounter the holy in incredible, memorable ways. These are outstanding and are a valid part of the growing life of a believer in Jesus. But what if we believed that our everyday held the capacity for holiness just as much as the extraordinary? This Lent, we’ll be thinking about God’s creation and how all of it embodies God’s presence both in the moments we are paying attention and even in the times we might not be.
Feb 17 | Worship - "Dust" (Ash Wednesday)
Often the start of Lent is marked by a reminder of our mortality–from dust we have come, to dust we shall return. This year, you are invited to begin Lent with a reminder that, indeed, you are dust, but it is in the dust and the dirt that God grows so much good.
Feb 21 | Worship - "The Sky"
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17 (CEB)
As this season begins, we will think about the covenant that God makes with God’s people. God promises to not bring harm, but also to be ever-present in the lives of those he creates. In our faith, how might it be important for us to see the presence of God even in the ordinary or unremarkable times? Let’s think about all that inhabits the skies–rainbows, clouds, sun, stars, and everything else. How might looking up be the great gift of a day for us?
Feb 28 | Worship - "Nature and the Outdoors"
Being outside is a gift, especially as we grow out of winter into spring. The outdoors can be a reminder of so much — not only God’s covenant and promises, but of how God’s creation surrounds people at all times. As we reflect on the prophecy of Isaiah, we’ll be reminded of how even a simple tree can tell the story of God’s presence. We’ll consider what it means to be in nature and how we might look for God to show up in the ordinary of the outdoors.
Mar 7 | Worship - "Food and Fellowship"
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47 (CEB)
The Communion table is often a place for teaching about God’s presence. But so often, there is something holy about gathering around tables for shared meals. The food that is eaten and the conversation that takes place are all reminders of God’s presence in the simple, ordinary moments that happen when God’s people gather for a time at the table together.
Drive-Thru Communion will also be available from 2:30-4 pm.
Mar 7 | Town Hall via Zoom (about Re-opening Plans), 11 am
The team discussed the current status of reopening stages of the church facility and grounds and answered questions. Read the latest plan or catch the video recording at herndonumc.org/hct.
Mar 7 | Drive-Thru Communion, 2:30-4 pm
Read or listen to the liturgy for Holy Communion, receive a blessing from Pastors Flor and Jonathan, partake of the elements or take them home with you to share. Enter the church parking lot from Bennett Street.
Everyone is welcome! This is God’s table.
Learn more and see the map here.
Mar 14 | Worship - "Laughter"
Scripture: Psalm 126:1-3 (CEB)
The gift of laughter is contagious. Whether it is a child giggling with delight or an older person recalling a funny story from a long-forgotten time, laughter gives us the ability to release our cares and worries and offer a simple expression of delight. How might we make time in our daily living to seek out laughter, delighting in the joy we can find both internally and externally if we pay close enough attention?
Mar 21 | Worship - "Silence"
Scripture: Mark 1:32-39 (CEB)
Throughout the ministry of Jesus, there is a relatively consistent refrain: activity, silence, activity. Perhaps this passage from the gospel of Mark is the most succinct reminder of this. The truth of our lives is that if we are always on the go and surrounded by noise, we will often miss the presence of God that shows up in the still, small voice. How are we making space for silence and the gift that it can bring?
Jesus in the Old Testament: Lenten Devotional
Through Easter, Herndon UMC’s weekday devotions are shifting to hear from different voices. Pastor Jonathan collaborated with other faith leaders to create this devotional that draws connections between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament. A new devotion will post each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Lent (and then daily throughout Holy Week). Images with scripture and a question to ponder will appear on Facebook and Instagram. You may also scroll back through the devotions below or you may choose to download the entire collection as a PDF.
If you need a prayer to pray, how about the Lord’s Prayer or the 701 Breakthrough Prayer. Find them on our Pray Together page.
Holy Week is filled with it’s own special worship experiences and ways to go deeper in faith.
KIDS are invited to help make Palm Sunday Worship by creating a short “Hosanna” video.
Everyone is invited to help make Easter worship by creating a short “He is risen indeed!” video.
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Mission Focus – UMCOR
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) comes alongside those who suffer from natural or human-caused disasters – be it famine, hurricane, war, flood, fire or other events—to alleviate suffering and to be a source of help and hope for those left most vulnerable. You may learn more about UMCOR at umcmission.org/umcor.
Herndon UMC regularly supports UMCOR through our budget and through special collections. Each year the Naomi Ruth Circle (of Herndon’s United Methodist Women) puts together kits for UMCOR. This year they will be working on Health Kits.
After living the last year in this pandemic, Herndon UMC would like to focus on global health this season, making a special collection for UMCOR through Easter. Funds will go to support the materials for the Naomi Ruth Circle’s Health Kits and any extra will go to support UMCOR Global Ministries in helping to meet peoples’ daily needs such as healthcare, food, hygiene and job security.