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Religion

  • Good Friday's cry is 'Come, passion!'

    The Lenten journey is drawing to a close, a crucial ending that will evoke new beginnings.

    The official name for what is traditionally known as Good Friday is Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord. It is a day of mourning, a day to contemplate prayerfully the cross as a sign of Jesus’ willingness to die that all of us might be saved.

    There is an obvious solemnity and somberness to this time, but it is not simply a remembrance of a past phenomenon. It is not only a commemoration of a 2,000 year-old incident.

  • Church briefs

    Easter musical/drama set for March 21-23

    “The First Time I Saw Jesus,” an Easter musical and drama, will be presented by Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 23.

    Friday and Saturday’s performances will begin at 7 p.m.

    Sunday’s performance starts at 11 a.m.

    Calvary sets Easter celebration

    The Calvary Baptist Church choir will present a celebration of the resurrection, “The Risen Christ,” at the 11 a.m. worship hour on Easter Sunday, March 23.

  • Church briefs

    'Sing into Spring' concert set

    The “Sing into Spring” concert, featuring several youth groups from Shallotte Presbyterian, Camp United Methodist and Village Point United Methodist, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    Mike Sullivan once again will assume the role of master of ceremonies.

  • What does a winning attitude look like?

    I was en route to Southport. The day was balmy, in contrast to some wintry weather we had been experiencing, and I was both excited and nervous about a talk I was scheduled to present.

  • Lent, like life, is a journey into the unknown

    “This is a journey, and each one travels differently.” Thus spoke the ophthalmologist to his impatient patient, a man chomping at the bit to return to “normalcy.”

    The doctor quietly but firmly repeated his message, adding that everyone heals differently. Each lens implant adheres uniquely, conforming to the individual shape of the eye. His lesson was clear. The voyage toward improved vision may be walked together, but each voyager experiences it personally and, in a sense, alone.

  • Life is a balance between chaos and control

    My husband was scheduled for cataract surgery. “It is a simple procedure,” everyone comments, “endured by many senior citizens. Your vision will be so improved that you will be wishing that you had done it years ago.”

  • Church briefs

    St. Luke plans services

    Lenten and Holy Week services at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach:

    Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saint Luke will host the fourth luncheon sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association at noon. The Rev. Richard Farrand will present the meditation Prayer of the Questioner or Grumbler. Lunch is served at noon followed by the prayer service.

    Wednesday March 5: Soup and sandwich supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lenten service at 6:30 p.m.

  • Remember, you can be 'dead right'

    I remember reading a billboard sponsored by a local motor vehicle department that cautioned, “You can be dead right.”

    Obviously, the reference was to persons whose “righteous” actions could also be fatal mistakes. When the need to be right supersedes common sense, the results are disastrous and deadly.

    Instead of giving way to errant drivers, they kept on going because they had the right-of-way and the other drivers did not. They were right. The others were wrong.

  • Church briefs

    Gospel sing fundraiser set

    A gospel sing fundraiser for Marty Fulford, featuring The Guiding Lights & Kindred Spirit, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    The Sabbath Home Adult Choir, members of Sharon United Methodist Church, Gospel Center Baptist Church and Drake Phelps will provide additional music.

    A love offering will be accepted to help defray the medical costs of Fulford’s lung cancer treatment.

    Fourth Lenten Luncheon set

  • Lent is a good time to learn how to sit in silence

    The Dec. 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter contained a provocative 16-page insert on spirituality.

    This is a word that evokes a variety of emotional responses, many of them diametrically opposed. There is fear, disdain, dismissal, avoidance, denial, excitement, acceptance, relief and serenity—to name a few.