REVIVE: A Lenten Journey to New Life
The Resurrection of Jesus invites all of humanity into new life. As First United Methodist Church Clinton goes through a period of discernment on the topic of disaffiliation, may we remember that Jesus Christ offers revival and awakening to us. In fact, the season of Lent with which we are in beckons us into a time of such revival though repentance, prayer, and a focus on the new life Jesus offers us as we move closer to the Resurrection. This sermon series will be unique in that it has been arranged to resemble an extended revival, with different guest preachers every Sunday of the Lenten season. Below is the schedule.
February 26, 2023: The Question about Fasting – Rev. Katie Giedd
The Question about Fasting
33 Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.” 34 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding attendants fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? 35 The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise, not only will one tear the new garment, but the piece from the new will not match the old garment. 37 Similarly, no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins and will spill out, and the skins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.[a] 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine but says, ‘The old is good.’ ”[b]