March – April 2018 Newsletter: “The Messenger”

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From the Pastor’s Pen

After the beginning of a New Year I often reflect on the wisdom of animals hibernating during the cold and dark winter months. And, the first verse of a carol comes to mind:  “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.”

It’s a helpful thing for dreary souls that the Christian Church celebrates the season of Epiphany – the manifestation of the Light of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). We need the glory of God’s gift to warm our spirits and provide hope during “the bleak midwinter”. Kind-heartedness and welcoming friendship are experienced in our coming together to worship God on Sunday mornings and is made known by genuine care for others throughout the week.

In the “Upcoming Worship Services” article below we see that the season of Lent begins after Youth Sunday (February 11) with Ash Wednesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day!). Thus, we follow the rhythm of Christmas celebrations with a period of stillness and recuperation. Then there is a season to reflect on the condition of our relationship with Jesus Christ, repenting as needed. Repentance is asking God for forgiveness and receiving God’s grace to live from a clean heart (Psalm 51). Fittingly, the last verse of the above carol reflects the purpose of our mid-winter journey:  “What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart.” 

May you have a warm, glow-filled Epiphany and a meaningful start to the season of Lent.

 

                                                                                      Pastor Lee Ellenberger