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Presbyterian Church hosts first Lenten Lunch of the season

| February 13, 2013
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Deacon Doug Mould spoke at the first Lenten Lunch of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 13 about the significance of Ash Wednesday and how we can better serve God throughout this season. The Presbyterian Church hosts Lenten Lunches every Wednesday of Lent from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

COSHOCTON – The Presbyterian Church hosted the first Lenten Lunch of the season today, Wednesday, Feb. 13 with speaker, Deacon Doug Mould from Sacred Heart.

In his sermon, Mould focused on the significance of Ash Wednesday and delved into each of the three forms of worship as read in the Scripture reading, Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-20: fasting, alms-giving, and prayer.

Ash Wednesday officially begins the Lent season of the 40 days and 40 nights before Easter. During this time, many Christians will give up something of worth to them in order to spend more time with God. Many will also have ashes placed on their forehead today as a symbolic reminder that we are all sinners.

“You are dust and to dust you shall return,” said Mould. “This reminds us of our own mortality. When we sin, we damage our relationship with Him (God). We separate ourselves from Him. Ashes are a reminder to us that we are sinful and we are flawed.”

Mould discussed how we rebuild our relationship with God through fasting, alms-giving, and prayer.

“This (fasting) should be an aid to prayer and remind us of our hunger for God,” he said.

Another form of worship is through the giving of our treasures.

“It’s a sign of care for people in need,” said Mould, “but also a gratitude for all that God has given us.”

Mould concluded his sermon with a prayer.

“We’re called to share the Gospel with others,” he said. “Not just keep it to ourselves. It’s our duty to build up each other and to lead each other to salvation.”

The Lenten Lunches are every Wednesday of Lent at the Presbyterian Church from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A minimum donation of $4 is asked and all proceeds go to Church Women United and are used to provide school clothing for needy children in the community.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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