“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (1Cor 1:3)!  

                                                             

As we begin the season of Lent, we are reminded that we are constantly being renewed in the faith.  As we encounter the Triune God in our lives, the work of the Holy Spirit is always transforming us, moving us into deeper relationship with God.  The season of Lent is meant to be a time that we focus on our relationship with God through prayer, scriptures, reflection, and giving. 

As we renew our hearts and minds preparing for Easter, we remember our baptismal promises to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.  That seems like a heavy load to bear, but we do it every day!  Throughout these days of Lent, we will explore this baptismal life in more detail as we hear the word through the gospel of Mark and John, as we consider what it means to be God’s faithful people, and the ways in which we proclaim the good news of Christ Jesus in the way we live our lives.                       

To celebrate the beginning of Lent, we will be hosting Ash Wednesday services online and we have prepared worship bags for Lent that will be available in the entrance to the church office.  They contain a Lenten Daily Devotional, bulletin for Ash Wednesday, cotton ball with ashes for self imposition, communion, and some sweet treats!  Additionally, I’ll be hosting Lenten Devotional Coffee/Wine hour on Wednesdays at 11am and 7pm.  We will have brief devotionals, time for reflection and discussion and then just some time for fellowship.  So, grab your beverage of choice and join us on Wednesdays! 

This last year has brought many challenges for all of us both personally and as church.  But we have overcome what this world has thrown at us by clinging to Christ and our faith.  Last year in mid-March we had to close our doors to in person worship, reopened them again in August, only to close again in November.  I am excited to share with you that we will once again begin in person worship on March 7, 2021.  We will continue to take all the necessary precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing that we did previously.  Additionally, we will continue to provide online services through our livestreaming service which will be available on both our Facebook page and website for those that are still uncomfortable with in person worship.  Our primary goal since last year remains that same, to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible so that we can all rejoice in the glory of God together in person one day soon!             

As we head into this season of Lent, I pray that you are able to take this time for renewal of heart, mind, and spirit, letting the love of Christ Jesus fill you. 

Karla

Vicar Karla S. Leiby

Cell (570) 854-3919