From The Pastor

March 2015

In the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, I was privileged to have the opportunity to read something really important. After finishing my reading, I just sat quietly for a few seconds, took a deep breath, and gave thanks for what I just read.

What I had just read, at one sitting, was all forty of the devotions that appear in our Lenten devotional book. While the primary task was to make any edits that were necessary, I just marveled at the spiritual insights and spiritual depth contained in our little booklet.

In this booklet, there are prayers, meditations, text studies, poetry, and honest revelations of how God is working in your lives. I am very grateful to everyone who contributed to the book, and equally grateful to you who are spending a small part of your day reading each daily devotion.

Friends, this is what sharing your faith is all about. This devotional booklet is a perfect example of how we share our faith. You who contributed to the book as well as you who did not are capable of sharing your faith in a meaningful manner.

Therefore there should not be any hindrance to you sharing your faith with a neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member, and then taking the next step, which is inviting them to be part of our weekly fellowship of the worship of God in word and sacrament.

This needs to happen. As we move through the remaining days of Lent and prepare for the most holy week of the year, give great consideration to your ability to share and invite. This is something all of us must do, as we share Jesus’ love in word and deed.