People of Hope,
We are in the midst of several momentous occasions as a congregation. We are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a call process, and the beginning of the Lenten season. When things seem to be most in flux, it is often helpful to return to our roots, remembering Whose we are as we determine where we are headed. This is the focus of the season. Lent calls us to reflect on our relationships With God, one another, and the world around us. It helps us see where we are conforming to the likeness of Christ and where we need to do better.
In this 500th year of the Reformation, we are reminded that it is through God’s Grace that we are redeemed, transformed, and called to serve. It shapes our perspective of Lent to remind us that, though we’ve all sinned and can never do enough to earn God’s love, God chooses to pour out abundant mercy and grace upon us. We are guided in our journey and receive God’s Grace in several ways. Martin Luther focuses on these in his Small Catechism and we will be using this work as our guide throughout Lent. Each week, we will focus together on one of these key topics: the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Holy Communion, and Baptism. We will rediscover how these important points of faith help to guide and nourish us in Grace.
As individuals and as a community, we are called to discern God’s will for us and to act within that will as we seek to know Christ and to make Christ known. May this season of Lent draw us closer to Christ, enrich our sense of purpose, and connect us more deeply with the community around us. I’m blessed to be sharing this journey with you and look forward to what lies before us on this our Lenten pilgrimage.
Grace and peace, Pr. Jon-Marc