Words From The Pastor . . . March 2014
“We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them...Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you...Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late...”
2 Corinthians 5:20,6:1-3a (The Message)
The season of Lent begins on March 5th with our traditional Ash Wednesday services at both Noon and 7:00 pm in Steinbright Hall. I hope you will come. Lent is a time for us to reflect on our spiritual lives and how we might open ourselves anew to God’s work in us. The apostle Paul told the folks at Corinth to “be reconciled to God.” “Repentance” and “Renewal” are other words often used to describe the spiritual path we take during lent.
I’m not too interested in what you might give up for lent although if you feel led to do so, please do. I’m more interested in what step, what move, you might make to become more available to God. Friends, whatever little thing you might consider to make a goal for Lent, can be a source of new joy, hope, and purpose. That’s what happens when God enters into our lives in a new way. Please think about it. Don’t worry if you start late or slip up along the way. It’s persistence that counts.
To the goal of growing in friendship with God and as “Christ’s representatives” to those around us, we offer three ways to help you grow in your faith life during lent.
- Sunday worship – messages on the theme of “change” and in particular, “spiritual changes” that can bring new joy and hope to us all.
- Wednesday Noon Soup and Discussion Group – a great light lunch and discussion on various “spiritual disciplines.” More details in the March issue of the Courier.
- “Turning Things ‘Inside/Out’ at Christ Church - leadership training that can empower us to be all God has created us to be. Facilitated by Helen Ober, this is a great opportunity to open ourselves to God’s further work through us, the people of Christ Church. This series is for all of us as we are all leaders in some way, even if we don’t have a title. No matter who you are and whatever your age, your presence at these two sessions will help you and you will help us all by participating.
Please call the church office for further details on all of these activities or check them out on the Upcoming Events page of this website.
May the season of Lent truly be a blessing to us all!