What is Lent?

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So what is Lent?  Simply put, it is a time of spiritual preparation. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and goes until the day before Easter. The word lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means ‘spring’ and also relates to the number 40. Lent is the 40 days of preparation for Easter. Forty is a significant number throughout the Bible. In the great flood it rained 40 days and 40 nights. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments and led his people through the wilderness for 40 years. The prophet Jonah foretold that an unrepentant city of Nineveh would be destroyed in 40 days and the prophet Elijah journeyed for 40 days … Read More

Hospitality to the Stranger

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  Earlier this week I was doing my Life Journal Bible Study and trying to listen for God. I was struck by one of the passages that I read that morning.  It was the last chapter in Acts – Chapter 28. It is right after the ship, which the Apostle Paul was on, had wrecked in the storm. All of those aboard were close enough to land to be able to make it to the island called Malta. The second verse says: The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. I was struck by that verse thinking about here these strangers show up on their island, they probably … Read More

Are You Prepared? December 2016

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Advent Season has begun! It is the beginning of the church year, and it is the season of hope and preparation before Christ’s coming. We normally look at it as the season leading up to Christmas when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth. But it is also a season to prepare us for the day when Christ comes again. So it means that this is a time of preparing our hearts for eternal things, which is more important than just shopping and decorating and preparing to celebrate a special day. Make sure that as the days lead up to Christmas that you and your family take time to really reflect on the true meaning of this season. It is so easy … Read More

Welcome to First United Methodist Church Henrietta!

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Welcome to ! I am so happy that YOU ended up on our website today! I hope that YOU find what you are looking for here and that we get to see you on a Sunday soon! Please know that you are NEVER required to know anything or do anything or be perfect or anything like that to attend this church. Here at , we are just people like you trying to make it in life. And we have found that a life following Jesus and hanging out with people that also love Jesus is the best way to lead a great and fulfilled life! Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you have by filling out … Read More

Wisdom from John Wesley: October 2016

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John Wesley

We are midway through the seven-week sermon series where we are looking at our history as a Methodist Church. We have been using Adam Hamilton’s book Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It. John Wesley was the founder of Methodism, though he never intended to start a new denomination. He gave his heart completely to the Lord and God used him in mighty ways. The Great Revival of England, that carried over to America, was in big part because of God working through Wesley. So hopefully by studying Wesley’s life we can learn ways to draw closer to God and revive the faith of our church, community, nation and the world. Allow me to share just a few of the many … Read More