Dear Church Family:
Hasn’t winter gone fast this year? Before we know it, spring will have sprung. Warm weather will be upon us and the warmth of the sun will feel so good. You know, this season of Lent can be a lot like that. Lent is meant to be a time of inner-searching, of repentance, or new commitment to the Lord. But I believe it is also a time ofrefreshment. When we come to God and genuinely bring our sins and failures to Him, the warm sunlight of His forgiveness and mercy shines upon us, warming our spirits and hearts. There is not greater feeling in the world! Can I hear an Amen? Amen!
I hope you have been enjoying our preaching series on “Controversial Topics in our Culture and the Church.” I have found the study of each of the topics we have covered to be fascinating. I have also been praying that God would speak to my heart with each message I preached, and He has. But, now we are in our Lent preaching series called, “Portraits of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke.” During our Lenten season, in preparation for this series of messages, I challenge each of you to read through the Gospel of Luke. Follow the life of Christ in this inspiring Gospel and God will open your eyes and heart to His love and sacrifice for us.
I also want to give a couple of reminders to you. First of all, in regards to Communion; if you wish the bread that is served to be put in your hand when you come forward to receive it, just cup your hands and I will place it in your hands.
If you wish to take it from the tray, don’t cup your hands and I will hold the tray in front of you for you to take the bread. Secondly, I want to emphasize if you wish a pastoral call by me, just give a call to the parish office or slip a note in the offering on Sunday and I will set up a visit with you. Visiting is my favorite part of ministry…next to preaching.
God bless you this Lent and Easter season. If I can be of any help to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Love to All of You in Christ,