Lent is all about preparation. Sometimes we give up something. Maybe it’s a temptation or a bad habit – turning over a new leaf. Instead of being another New Year’s resolution, however, it can be about giving up on an old way of thinking. As we approach Holy Week and Easter, let’s plan to be open to new ideas and new people.
I am excited about our new Bible Study using Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans. She was a young person who found her faith again in a congregation like ours. It’s a great way to acquaint ourselves with people who can find a safe landing place in our church. I will lead the Bible Study through Lent. You can join us in-person on Sundays after worship and Tuesdays at 10 AM on Zoom. Also, there is a bonus. There will be just enough Presbyterian polity mixed in so that those of you who would like to can join in membership at Easter.
We continue to offer an alternative worship option via email and YouTube. Please contact the office to get on the email list.
On March 6, I will preach about the temptations of Jesus and how we should trust in the workings of the Holy Spirit. We should proclaim “Jesus Don’t Jump!”
On March 13, I will offer an encouraging message about “Our Citizenship is in Heaven.” When it seems like nothing is going right in the world, we can be confident that God will provide.
On March 20, I will focus on “That Which Does Not Satisfy.” We get so wrapped up in striving for the future and what we accomplish that we can forget what is really important. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that we show who we are by the fruit we bear.
On March 27, Christina Bergevin will offer an inspiring message. She is a fourth-year seminary student after a career in music ministry and staff at a megachurch. She has much wisdom about the movements of wider church around us.
As the temperatures warm and the sunlight returns, prepare your hearts and mind for renewal.
I wish you all every grace this March!
With the Peace of our God,