From Pastor’s Desk
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
February is the month for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. It is a time to stress love and to remember our country’s presidents, past and present. I believe that this is a time for all Christians, whether they are Democrat, Republican, or Independent, to come together in a spirit of love, forgiveness and healing and sincerely pray for our newly elected president, Joseph Biden (and the vice president Kamala Harris) and his administration as he has begun his presidency.
The Apostle Paul in 1Timothy 2:1-3 admonished all believers to lift up prayer, petitions and thanksgiving on behalf of all people, especially those in authority. We are to do this so that our President and his administration may lead a harmonious life in godliness, honor and dignity. Let us all keep praying that our country may come together to work toward the betterment of world peace, justice and freedom.
Soon we will begin a season of prayer and fasting. It will last forty days and nights. It isa holy season of Lent. It gives us the opportunity to face the un-realness of our sins and to be freed by God’s grace for a life that is ever so real: really free, really joyful, really happy and holy – the “new life” of Christian living.
Not everyone thinks of Lent as a welcome experience. This is probably because for years, the focus of Lent was on self-denial, on “giving something up.” Acts of self-denial are appropriate when the sacrifice connects with Christian commitment. But there is another view of Lent: a time to prepare to celebrate the Resurrection.
When we prepare to celebrate something, we often do housekeeping chores. If we are going to have a party at our house, we first spend some time cleaning the house. We lay in a supply of refreshments. We decorate. And when all are ready and the guests arrive, we celebrate. Preparing is never quite as much fun as celebrating, but it takes the preparation to make the celebration possible.
Lent is like that — a time for spiritual housecleaning, a time to dust of our faith, shine up our commitment, lay in a supply of thanks and decorate our lives with the joy of the Christian life. Then, when Easter comes, we know in our hearts what the celebrating is all about. So let me
make some suggestions as we take a time to do our spiritual “spring cleaning and prepare for the “big” celebration.
Let’s make this the best Lent ever.
Let’s start the Lent by joining Ash Wednesday virtual service on Feb. 17 at 6 P.M.
Let’s faithfully attend church each and every Sunday whether in person or virtually.
Let’s pray and meditate at home during the week as we read the scriptures daily.
Let’s “fast” from some favorite pleasure – to gain control of will.
Let’s look for ways to continue to help those in need locally, nationally and internationally.
Let’s truly and from the heart pray for each other and for the spiritual renewal of our church.
And let’s take part in our virtual Lenten Bible Studies on Thursdays at 7PM.
The discipline of Lent leads to the joy of Easter!