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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
Caring for one another as we head into Lent ...
As I write this message, we are in the last days of the Season of Epiphany, the season of light. Throughout this season, the scriptures read in worship have reminded people of their call to discipleship and service in the way of Christ. We are called to live in the light of Christ, and be light for others, and indeed for all of creation.
As children, we used to sing "This Little Light of Mine". (Some of us still like to sing it!) The lyrics speak of how we all are instilled with God's light, and that we are required to let it shine. In doing so, we are giving the best of ourselves to others, and to God.
So what does that mean? It's about caring for one another; it's about engaging in conversation with others in ways that are respectful and honest - even, and especially, where there is potential for conflict or disagreement. It's about treating one's fellow human being as equal, without judgment or assumptions. It's about living in the light of love and care, as we live the golden rule of treating others as we would desire others to treat us.
That call to shine our light is not a seasonal call. It is a call to commit our whole selves to serve and love, each and every day of our lives. So, let your lives shine, all the time! Be a blessing to the world.
Tuesday February 25th is Shrove Tuesday, sometimes known as "Fat Tuesday, and also Pancake Tuesday". The tradition is to eat all those rich foods we so enjoy, (think eggs, butter, and bacon) and to have a feast day, before entering into Lent.
Lent begins on February 26th, Ash Wednesday. The wearing of ashes, often in the sign of a cross on the wrist or forehead, is considered a sign of repentance, sorrow, and mourning. It helps us enter Lent in a reflective, contemplative way. The word Lent has a variety of sources. In Middle English "lente" and the Old English "lencten" refer to the lengthening of days. In French, "lente" means 'to move slowly'.
The colour for the season of Lent is purple, a colour for deep reflection, and in the church, traditionally the colour of penitence. As you begin your Lenten journey, remember, may you find moments of quiet reflection that nourishes your body and soul.
In peace, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Are you someone who has questions, who is seeking to explore your faith, and learn stories of our faith?
You're welcome to join us in worship on Sundays, in Olds at 10:00 am, and in Sundre at 1:30 pm.
If you'd like to have a conversation with Reverend Tammy, the minister of the Olds-Sundre Pastoral Charge, please call the Olds office and we can set up an appointment!
Church News & Events
Dear People of Olds United Church
Daily Scripture Reading
Heb 10:25 - Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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Our church is always beautifully decorated. Visit our Photo Gallery to see our favourite pictures, including pictures from our 120th anniversary. Better yet, stop in for a personal visit!
You are a child of God. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. Look up your birth date and see what Bible verse corresponds to it. Click the image above to look up your verse now.
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