Message from the Pastor

 The Season of Lent is just around the corner.  That means that Easter will follow just six weeks after that.  Do you believe it?  Ash Wednesday is February 14, also Valentines Day.  This year we will not have an Ash Wednesday Service, however, I would still invite you to read the following that calls us to 40 days of preparation (not counting Sundays) for the celebration of Easter:

INVITATION TO THE OBSERVANCE OF LENTEN DISCIPLINE

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:  Christians have always observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection.  It became the custom of the church to prepare for Easter by a season of penitence, fasting, and prayer.  This season of forty days provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for baptism into the body of Christ.  It is also the time when persons who had committed serious sins and had been separated from the community of faith were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the church.  The whole congregation is thus reminded of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our baptismal faith.

I invite you, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.  To make a right beginning, and as a mark of our mortality, let us now come before our Creator and Redeemer.

During the Season of Lent, you are invited to go deeper in your faith.  You are invited to join us, not only for Sunday School and Worship each Sunday morning, but to also come have fellowship over a Sunday evening meal with additional studies (see article elsewhere in this newsletter).

During our weekly Worship Celebration, I will preach a series called, “Do You Believe It?”  Each week we will challenged with the Word of God that calls upon us to decide whether we believe of do not believe what Scripture teaches.  As we wrestle with the simple answer of belief, we will also be challenged deeper to ask ourselves if we are living out what we profess to believe?  In other words, is the Word of God changing and shaping us as we grow as followers of Jesus Christ or does our believe let us to “nothing new”? 

Please join us in this time of preparation.  Invite someone new to come along as well.  I hope to see you there. Blessings, Pastor Joe