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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

Lent is a season in the church calendar year that leads up to Easter. Over this 40 days (plus Sundays) Christians are called to a season of repentance and awareness of their need for God. Often people will fast from something, like a food or habit, others will take on a spiritual discipline, like reading scripture or prayer, in order to focus on their relationship with God. Both practices are meaningful and help you grow in your faith and deepen your connection with God.

This season we invite you to consider joining in our Pastor’s Lenten book study on Wednesday Nights. We will be reading The Lord’s Prayer by Rev. Adam Hamilton and seeking to learn about the prayer and its significance in our lives of faith.

There are two ways to participate in this study. Join us live on Facebook at 6:30PM each Wednesday ( where the pastors and a lay person will discuss the chapter. You can join in on the live comments feed and interact with our pastors. Or if you would prefer to participate in class at another time, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. We do hope you will join us; books are available in the worship spaces and in the Partin Center.


Pastor Carrie

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

I don’t know how Lent managed to sneak up on us so quietly, but it did. Ash Wednesday is next week and with it begins our annual 6-week pilgrimage to Holy Week when we remember and mark the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem and all the events of his final days there. Lent is a holy time for Christ’s followers during which we pay close attention to our inner lives and invite God’s Spirit to be at work in us through the disciplines of prayer, repentance of sin, fasting, and simplicity.

At Memorial, we have a number of ways we will be seeking to help you make the Lenten pilgrimage this year. We will gather for a Taizé style worship service on Ash Wednesday evening at 6:00PM in the Sanctuary. Then, each Wednesday evening of Lent, Pastors Carrie and Alyce, and myself will lead our church-wide Lenten study of Adam Hamilton’s The Lord’s Prayer. This study will take place live over Facebook at 6:30PM and a recording of each session will be posted to YouTube afterward. The Lord's Prayer will also be the main theme for our Sunday morning worship services and sermons during Lent.

We will also be joining with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Trinity UMC, St. Peter’s Episcopal, and First Presbyterian Churches for services together on Wednesdays at noon. These services are always an excellent opportunity to worship and fellowship together in our community.

In everything we have planned this Lent, my greatest hope is that we all will continue to grow in both our lives of prayer and our connections with one another.


Pastor Charlie

  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

Prayer and Connection.

These are the two things we are focusing on in 2023 at Memorial. Developing a deeper personal and corporate prayer life and building deeper connections with each other.

Both things involve intention. We must each decide to wholeheartedly to commit to building our habits of prayer and persisting in a regular rhythm of prayer. Additionally, in order to develop deep connections with each other, we must regularly come together for worship, study, and missions. We must open our hearts to each other and be vulnerable.

Making these kinds of commitments to each other and God can be quite intimidating and overwhelming. You may be afraid that you will not be able to follow through, or that you won’t be good enough. You may have other fears or hesitations. But I want to remind you that we are a grace-filled family and that means that we will continue to make space for everyone all the time.

No matter how old you are, how long you have been with Memorial, or where you are in your faith journey you have a place at Memorial. I am looking forward in 2023 praying together more often and build deep connections to each other.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carrie

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