During the season of Lent, we Christians reflect on how the overwhelming love of God beckons us to seek and follow the Lord. Actually, we do more than reflect. We act! As I said in yesterday’s sermon, knowing and doing are two different things. Even the devil reflects on Jesus. Faith in God is an everlasting response to an ever-seeking God, stated one scholar. I like that definition. Our faith needs some muscles. It’s called Muscular Christianity.
Whenever we are offering an explanation for our faith, we need to go beyond telling someone about how great our church is or how friendly our people are to others. Rather, we tell about how Jesus found us yesterday and leads us into tomorrow. If you are thinking about faithful discipleship, don’t just get your head straight on a list of fundamental beliefs. And don’t just think about memorizing a whole string of Bible passages. Think about discipleship as a journey with Jesus and we all get to follow along! Here I am, Lord! Discipleship is exciting. It’s all about being amazed at the places he leads us on this adventure called discipleship.
We are nearing the middle of Lent. Note that Maundy Thursday worship is on March 24, 6:30-7:00 p.m. Easter is early this year…March 27. I would love to see more of you in the remaining days of Lent.
In addition to the prayer list included in the bulletins yesterday, 2 additional prayer requests arrived. The family of Margaret Ryther, who died last week, is kept in our hearts. We also pray for Joel Langholtz, a former member and who is the husband of Jocelyn and father of Marie. Joel had a heart attack this past Saturday. He is at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
Many blessings to you and yours! Pastor Gary