United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

From the March/April 2019 Newsletter

"Lenten Work"

By Rev. Rebecca Migliore

     We are still coming down from the high of “The Ever After: A Musical.”  What a delight for the cast, the crew, and, I believe, the church and even wider community!  Of course, it took long hours of practice together, time alone spent working on our individual parts, the spreading of the “news” far and wide, and then the performances.  Kudos to Ann Marie and all who were involved.

     So, as I looked at the coming season of Lent, I thought we could use some lessons learned from the theater.   It first starts with an idea—and materials for that idea.  And this Lent our “idea” is that we are going to spend some time looking at, discussing, and living with The Lord’s Prayer.  Carol Wehrheim (who is the writer of our curriculum) is an award-winning Christian Educator from the PC(USA).  In six sessions, she will start off our discussion of this most beloved and most used prayer in Christendom.

     We have decided to spent time together on Wednesday evenings, starting on Wed. March 6th (Ash Wednesday).  The schedule for the evening will be 6:30pm fellowship around the tables with a simple meal of soup and bread.  Our Bible Study/discussion will start at 7pm and will allow for those who have 8pm commitments to feel they have participated.  I know that that timing may not fit into everyone’s schedule and so, if there is enough interest, we may offer a one-time Sunday discussion.  There are printed materials that I will make available as well, if you need/want to do “independent study.”

     We will be invited to look for all types of translations of the familiar words—so that we can hear and see and feel them deep into our souls.  This is the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.  It is up to us to delve into its powerful simplicity, and its awe-encompassing vision.  So, let’s go back to our experience with the show.  Lent is a time to “practice”—both together and alone.  Lent is the time to learn something new.  Lent is the time to push our minds and our bodies and our souls.  Lent is a “work-out” time.  And we can share what we learn, we can share the “news” far and wide.  Easter is the day when it all comes together, when we join with people from north and south and east and west to celebrate the Wonder of the Resurrection!

     Along with our heady pursuits, we have opportunities along the way to put our prayer work into action.  You will find information about mission work in these pages, or you can create your own actions.  You can help feed the hungry (through the community food bank, the food pantry, St. Andrew’s), you can help comfort the sick (who always need blood), and you can bring joy to the community (through our egg hunt).  Our practice, our work during Lent will bring us to a glorious Easter morning.  Join us for services at 7am (informal outdoors), 8am (Africentric praise worship), and 10:30am (with communion).  Blessing on all our journeys.


Rev. Becca

20 Old Indian Road
West Orange, NJ 07052
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