Pastor’s Monthly Letter

THE LENTEN SEASON…

Lent is an important time for Jesus followers. It is a season of preparation that directs our focus to the core story of our faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. To prepare we incorporate into our lives disciplines of prayer, fasting from certain habits or foods, or take on new acts of service in Jesus name. There are extra opportunities for worship to allow more time to draw near to Christ.

Ash Wednesday This year Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th. You are invited to begin this holy season in worship at 6pm. You may have noticed that this year Ash Wednesday shares the day with another holiday, Valentine’s Day. February 14th is no doubt synonymous with love and care, be that children exchanging valentine cards and candy with friends at school, or a couple making time for a nice dinner at a restaurant. On Ash Wednesday/Valentines Day we celebrate the author of all Love. The love of the Divine present in Jesus Christ is our focus for worship.

We proclaim our earthly love
to others on Valentine’s day
But He showed us His heavenly love
in a most astounding way!
-written by Jim Huss

Wednesday Lenten Vespers Each Wednesday through the Lenten Season you are invited to an approximately 30 minute Vesper Service at the front of the Sanctuary at 6pm. The theme for these services ties to another secular holiday that marks the end of the Lenten Season, April Fool’s Day. This year April Fool’s Day is the same day as Easter Sunday. In Scripture much of what is asked of Jesus’ followers seems foolish to some. For example, why would one leave possessions or family to follow Jesus? Or why would early disciples be willing to face opposition, even death because of their allegiance to Christ? What are we to make of this Jesus who conquers through his own death on a cross? Can we understand the struggle of those who couldn’t wrap their minds around how this Jesus could then rise from death? Wednesdays in Lent is a time for us Jesus’ followers to grow in understanding the wisdom the Apostle Paul shared, “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18)

It truly wasn’t a cover-up
and certainly wasn’t a hoax
He suffered, died, and was buried
and rose out of love for us folks!
-written by Jim Huss