The season of Lent is meant to be a time of spiritual reflection, renewal, discipline, and growth for those who seek to live as followers of Jesus. It’s also, as one of our liturgies puts it, a time to “intensify our struggle” against anything that would prevent us from living our life in Christ.
To that end, Pastor González and I invite you to enter deeply into this holy time by taking advantage of the Lenten worship opportunities available to you on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and eventually during Holy Week as we journey to Easter. We also invite you to consider all the other ways we live the life of Christ through our learning, our relationships, and our service to the world, many of which are illustrated in this newsletter.
As I recently noted to a friend one Sunday morning in the Commons, there is strength for me here at St. Andrew. It’s in my worship and at the altar. It’s in my relationships with fellow believers who meet me where I am. And it’s in the service to which we’ve all been called. In all these ways, we are reminded that God is with us and we are not alone.
I pray that you will also know that strength, as well as the comfort, peace, hope, and joy Jesus brings through His journey to the cross. As long as I’ve been at this, it’s still an amazing thing to me, and I never stop wishing that more people were here to experience the difference He makes in all of life through a vibrant church family.
So, carve out the time and join us this Lent to renew your walk with God, and know that I’m praying that it will bless you in all sorts of wonderful ways.
The Lord be with you+