“Lent -- Repent and Proclaim the Good News”
I read recently about someone whose dog began to bark during the middle of the night. As you know, barking dogs often are a sign that someone is nearby, perhaps a prowler. The next morning, after opening the front door, the homeowner found a set of car speakers on the front step. The speakers had been stolen several months earlier from the homeowner’s car. A note was attached to the speakers that explained, “I’m sorry that I took your speakers, please forgive me. I have repented of my sins and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my life. I no longer steal other peoples’ belongings. God has changed me and I am a new creature.” With all the bad news we hear, it’s easy to forget that God is still very much alive and at work in everyday people. Jesus promised never to leave us.
The church’s season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. Highlighting the Ash Wednesday Services will be the Cross, even one traced on foreheads to remind us of our mortality and need to repent of sin. Then, each Wednesday evening during Lent, there will be a Soup Supper, beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. focusing on our need to be restored in Christ. I invite you to gather with others at First Lutheran on these Wednesday evenings of Lent, to be renewed in Christ. On the Sundays of Lent, beginning March 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, I invite you to join me for a 6 part Lenten study series entitled, “Down + Out: Where Grace Takes You”.
Jesus says to us, “You are the light of the world.” (Mt 5:14) As followers of Jesus, our mission is still to bring the Good News of Jesus into this world. As we gather during Lent, may God’s Spirit guide us and teach us how we might better proclaim this Gospel of Jesus Christ today. May God guide and bless us in living out our calling in Christ. May God Bless you and your loved ones.
Pr. Jim Trutwin