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Taylorville United Methodist Church
Monday, December 11, 2017
Our Mission: TUMC is a body of Christ committed to knowing, growing, and going with God and all God's people.

Pastor's Note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People Are Strange                                       lent 2017

“People are strange, when you’re a stranger. Faces seems ugly, when you’re alone.” These are the opening words from “People Are Strange” by The Doors. And, let me tell you, when discussing strangeness, Jim Morrison was one to talk! I’m certainly a fan of all good music, and The Doors are on up there for me, though I haven’t been listening to any of their music lately. I have been thinking about how some things, some people, some traditions, some ways, habits and tendancies are just that—strange. March 1 st is, for most people in the world, simply the first day of a new month. Though for many people (yes, there are still many), tomorrow begins a period of time that is rather…strange. While it is more strange to those outside the tradition, I cant swear its not a little strange even to those of us in the habit of this…strangeness.

The tradition I refer to is Lent: the 40-day season in the church that precedes and prepares for the celebration of The Resurrection. Historically, the church has used the time to prepare new believers to join the church, prepare believers for baptism, heal wounds and bring reconciliation to those who have sinned, and to prepare our hearts and minds for the glory that is The Third Day. When we wear the ashes, we feel a variety of emotions and think a variety of different thoughts. We remember the limitations of our sinful, earthly life, ponder the realization that all will one day die—and meditate on the truth that our life is more than any of that. Lent calls us to realize that we’re embarking on a journey of self-denial and sacrifice that many people don’t know of—or care for!

If you wear your ashes in public, you will get some strange looks. You may feel people staring and wondering ,“what in the world has that person done?…and why!” And yet, when we are marked with ashes, we also realize that we are part of something far bigger than we are on our own, and wonderfully different from much of the world around us. The ashes of Lent mark us as set apart from the rest. It marks us as strange. Though its important in this season that we also remember another word for different, set apart, unlike others—strange. It is an ancient and beautiful word. The word is holy.

 

-Pastor Matt Smith