Pastor’s Letter – February 2012

February Prayer Poem

Dear God, another Lenten Season

            Will soon begin

            Making memories swirl

            Circling years

At this moment

            The end of Jesus’ life

            Is anticipated

            As only a few months ago, during Advent,

            His birth was also impatiently longed for

Dear God, my mind, my heart, my spirit

            Fill as days inch longer,

            Dark nights become shorter

Dear God, You are all kindness,

            You are all love.

            This light that grows brighter and brighter

            Will startle us awake;

            Startle us into the new beginning

            As we begin our journey toward Easter.

Dear Friends,

Happy February!

February: a month of surprises. A month filled with the unexpected. A month, when we celebrate birthdays of famous Presidents and love on St. Valentine’s Day. February, the shortest month in our calendar year, which this year “a Leap Year” we add on an extra day as we do every four years. February a month when we can be buried by our biggest snow storms or we can enjoy the music of birds and joyfully watch as the tiniest, heartiest flowers (crocus and snow drops) begin to sprout up and even bloom. So, welcome in February and enjoy seeing what this February, 2012 will surprise you with. For me personally, it is a “Big” birthday, 60, which I will celebrate with my husband, adult children, some old friends and other family members down in the state of my birth, Maryland, on February 18th. So, I have only 3 worship services to include here. On February 19, be surprised by what one of our amazing Lay Leaders has to offer.

In February Ellsworth United Methodist Church is planning two great times for fellowship fun: February 4: 3:30 BOWL-A-Thon (Ellsworth Bowling Center) followed by dinner at Pat’s Pizza (also in Ellsworth). February 12, immediately following worship enjoy delicious Maine and New Orleans favorites as we celebrate Mardi Gras fun with great food, music and games. All are welcome (but let us know ahead so we have enough food).

“GPYes” on February 6, (6:30-7:30) we will be singing hymns and favorite songs with the staff and residents at Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center. Come and join us in our music ministry.

Worship for Sundays in February

2/5: Introit: “Guide My Feet”, Psalm #147, Opening Hymn “Praise To The Lord, The Almighty”, “Time for the Young at Heart: “Jesus healing”, Hymn of Preparation: “Precious Lord”, Scriptures: Isaiah 40:21-31, Mark 1:29-39, Anthem: “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”, Sermon: “After healing, the desire to serve others”, Holy Communion, Closing Hymn: “And God Will Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings”

2/12: Boy Scout Sunday, Introit: “O Lord, You’re Beautiful”, Psalm # 30, Opening Hymn: “Tis That Old Ship of Zion”, Time for the Young at Heart “What is a Boy Scout?”, Hymn of Preparation: “Blessed Assurance”, Scriptures: 2Kings 5:1-14, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Mark 1:40-45, Anthem: “Guide My Feet” , Sermon: “Two Leapers, Two Different Stories”, Closing Hymn: “Marching to Zion”

2/26 Introit: “We Are Standing on Holy Ground”, Psalm # 25, Opening Hymn: “Lord, Who Through These Forty days”, Time for the Young at Heart: “Finding the Right Path”, Hymn of Preparation: “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”, Scriptures: Gen. 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15, Anthem: “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”, Sermon: “A Journey Through Lent, Which Path To Take?” Closing Hymn: “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”.

May February be a wonderful month for all of you. May you be blessed with much love, God’s wondrous grace, and many joys.

See you in March? I hope so! Stop by I’d love to meet you face to face, but if that’s impossible, see us on Face Book!

May God Bless You All,


Pastor Susan Yaruta-Young (Pastor Susan Y-Y)

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