From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
    
As I write this letter, we have been experiencing snowstorm after snowstorm. It has seemed
that every two days we receive at least two inches of snow. Tomorrow it will be about eight inches.
Will spring ever come again? Here is hope…the answer is yes spring will appear again. Praise be to
God!
    
The month of March brings many blessings. Snow begins to melt, days become warmer, and for
me, I celebrate another birthday—this year 35! God is indeed good all the time. In addition, March
this year brings with it the season of Lent. Forty days (not including Sundays) we are called to prepare
our hearts, souls, and minds on the cross of Christ which brings our salvation.
    
During this season I Lent, I will be leading a sermon series on “The Signs of Lent”. Over the
next six weeks we will explore the many signs we see on the roadways while driving. This series has
been described as the following:

     “This is a series of 10 worship services for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter based on the concept of road
signs and how their messages apply to our life in Christ during the season of Lent: U-Turn, Stop, Merge, Yield,
One Way, Dead End, Road Narrows, Food, Cross Road, Road Work Ahead.”


     While we are driving we see so many signs on the road which guide us in our journey. Hopefully
we know what each sign might mean to help us along the way. Like driving, our lives can take
many directions and even sometimes detours.
     As we prepare for Lent, I want us to reflect on the words of scripture used on Ash Wednesday.
They come from Joel 2…

     “Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to
anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.”


     This is a season of the Church that invites us to renew our relationship with God, to begin
again, and accept the invitation of God’s love. While I acknowledge that these words of fasting, weeping,
mourning, and rending of hearts might sound complicated and gloomy, we must not forget the
great reward that awaits the children of God after a season of these commitments. We find new life,
new hope, and resurrection glory in Christ—a God who was willing to take all our brokenness and
restore it back into wholeness.
     This is our opportunity to offer to God our whole heart. This is our time to reflect on those
areas where we might need some mending and fixing. This is an inward journey of the soul. This is a
very important next six weeks because it is renewing. We take this as an opportunity to live deeper
into the spiritual disciplines.
      I want to take this time to remind us to continue to pray for the person you have chosen in
worship (see newsletter article for an explanation). What a great idea found in Guideposts magazine.
May we all be blessed through the gift of prayer.
Blessings,
     Pastor Kevin