Month: March 2022

March 13: The Second Sunday in Lent

The whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith…Though we turn away, and our love fails, God’s love remains steadfast. Again and again, God calls us to return.

March 2: Ash Wednesday

Our whole service today reminds us that we will die, and that even in that frailty God loves us and redeems us in Jesus. We should repent. We may fast or abstain. We may take on a spiritual discipline. We may give more. None of those things, though earns us salvation. None of them earns us God’s love. Through nothing we’ve done. As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins from us.

February 27: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

While we probably don’t experience those specific events, we do have our own kinds of mountaintop experiences, where we write glowingly of sunrises, soft breezes, warm friends, music, and quiet time. Whether we do or not, God is available to us, even in all the troubles that swirl around us in this world from Ukraine to those whom our systems fail and need to use our pantry and sock box. God is available to us in Bread and Wine eating Jesus’ Flesh and Blood. And God is available to us when we sit and pray, like Jesus did on the mountaintop with his disciples.