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Thank you for visiting our community here. You are invited to meet us in person at 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22302. 703.671.8557

 

Sunday, March 1

When Angels Weep

Psalm 22:1,23-24

Unexplainable suffering fills the heart. Refugees wander from their homeland amid war, famine or disease. A father’s son dies and spiritual exile takes up residence in the heart. Yet, and in spite of this, some imagine bad things never rain down on “good” people. Some Christians even promote prayer as a magical chant producing miracles at every turn.  It's as though we ignore the tears.

I was startled when someone told me they did not like the Psalms read in worship. “Why do you not like to hear the Psalms?” “I don’t like it,” she said, “because there are competing voices.” 

Of course this lady is correct. Psalm 22 illustrates these two voices. One is the voice of lament, a verbal expression of tears for loss offered in groans, anger at God and distancing.  But there’s also the voice of assurance from God that invites us to express these emotions.

I've discovered that one of the most persistent struggles on the subject of faith and grief is an inclination to substitue the question "why" for the process of lament.  But no amount of rational thought or denial erases grief.  Our Christian heritage offers the process of lament where we learn God suffers with us.  We hear the voice of God amid the tears.  We remember that Christ suffers, and angels weep.

                                          ~~The Reverend Dr. Gregory L. Adkins

 

 

Don’t look for a verse in the Bible that says: “You shall have forty days of prayer and fasting called Lent”. The big “4-0” is symbolic of the “wilderness” times we all travel. Jesus spent forty days and nights in the garden of temptation. In the Hebrew Bible the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty days before they reached the land of promise.

Following are opportunities for worship and study to start your Lenten journey, beginning with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day in the forty day period Christians designate as Lent. We apply ashes to symbolize that we are “flesh”. We are mortal. We are made of dust and to dust we return are words spoken over us as the ashes are applied to our forehead in the sign of the cross.

Lenten Communion Service – Every Wednesday in Lent beginning February 25th at 12:15 p.m. in the Chapel.

Lenten Bible Study – Mondays at 7:00 p.m. from February 23rd - March 30th in Room 109. Reverend Herb Brynildsen will facilitate a group discussion on the book First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God, featuring John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. Contact Rev. Christian White to enroll or call 703.671-8557, x. 106.

Dinner and Bible Study, Mar. 4

Family Dinner Night!

An informal dinner offering fellowship and food.

Cost is $25 per family ($10 per person).

Wednesday, 3/4 (6:00pm) in the Fellowship Hall

RSVP to Christian by March 2nd to attend.

Followed by

Making Sense of the Bible

Dr. Adkins will lead a discussion on the themes 

of “Violence, Suffering and Other Troubling Issues” based on Chapters 22 and 23 in Adam Hamilton's book. Pastor Greg makes this observation: “One of the perpetual issues on the subject of faith and suffering is an inclination to substitute the question “why” for the process of lament. Since no amount of rational thought removes grief, our Christian heritage offers another insight. God suffers with us." This will be the theme of the message on March 1st and the class on March 4th at 6:30 pm. RSVP to Christian by March 2nd to attend at Christian@fairlingtonumc.org or 703-671-8557.

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Closings & Delays

Weather Related Closings and Delays - 

Thursday, Feb. 26 - Alexandria City Public Schools are closed for today.  The Fairlington Preschool and the Campagna/Head Start preschool housed at Fairlington are closed for today.  The church building will open at 1 p.m.  All evening activities will occur as scheduled.

The Fairlington Preschool and church offices generally follow the weekday decisions of Alexandria Public Schools.  If they are closed, we are closed.  If they have a 2-hour delay, the preschool will open at 10 a.m. and the church office will open no later than 10:15.  

Decisions on evening activities will be made by the church and posted on this website as these closings and delays occur.

On Sundays, if a decision to cancel services occurs, the information will be posted on this website, on the church's Facebook page, and on WTOP (radio and website).

Fairlington United Methodist Church is a Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors.  All people are God's beloved children and are welcome here.

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