Pastor’s Letter March Lent
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This final Sunday of Epiphany we once again heard the voice of God. “This is my Son, the beloved, with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him”.
We have come a long way from Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany focusing on who Jesus is - “The Beloved Son” to whom we are disciples and beloved children, to now listening to Jesus. God’s admonition to us is to listen to Jesus, who for the past weeks we have listened to His sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are you.... you are the salt and light to the world, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”!! Let us listen to Jesus! He turns the world upside down or right side up.
Now we move to another part of the church year when we will travel with Jesus on our way to Jerusalem and Holy Week and as we journey together the days get lighter and hope abounds that God in Christ is always doing something new. During Lent we take time to reflect on our Baptisms (calling to listen and follow Jesus in lives of faith and commitment).
I encourage all to take a little extra prayer time at a wonderful Lenten Soup & Bread and Prayer gatherings on Thursday evenings. This year marks the 500 Commemoration of the Reformation. Therefore, we will reflect on Luther’s Small Catechism each week focusing on the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Sacraments and Confession. It’s been a long time since we have pulled this book out!
As usual, Holy Week marks the mighty acts of God in the death and resurrection of our Lord. He gives of himself in His Holy meal and commandment to Love one another. So, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I look forward to serving and greeting you at His holy table and let us always, “Listen to Jesus”, as our Lord commanded us to do.
The Peace of the Lord be with you always,
The Rev. Ronald M. Klose, Pastor