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February - Pastor's Message

posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:01 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 8:01 PM ]
Lent begins on February 18th with Ash Wednesday. On that day we recall that humans came from the dust of the ground. God took that dust and created a man (Adam). He breathed the breath of life into him, making him (and us) in His own image -- that is, with the capacity to love and make rational choices.

But the first couple listened to the wrong voice in the Garden of Eden, and made a wrong choice. That choice to question God's love and commands plunged all of humanity into sin, and eventually to death.

And so, on Ash Wednesday we receive the ashes on our forehead with these words, "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

The story of humanity -- and our personal stories -- don't end with the hopelessness of death without a future. The rest of the Bible from that point shows how God the Creator worked through history to redeem His lost world. The rest of the Bible shows how God loved the world and eventually sent His Son to save us. That's really Good News!!

As we begin Lent by remembering that we are dust, we move ahead in hope to our celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection, and some day our own resurrection to eternal life.

Throughout these weeks of Lent we will spend Sunday morning doing an overview of the Catechism: Baptism, Holy Communion, the Creed, 10 Commandments, and Lord's Prayer.

On Wednesday nights our focus will be on miracles performed by Christ, especially the healing miracles. On these Wednesday nights we will use
the Service of the Word for healing as our liturgy along with hymns of encouragement. I hope you will be able to join us each week to hear about Jesus' compassion in the lives of people -- those who lived 2000 years ago, but also today.

A blessed Lenten season to all!
Pastor Lori