Lenten Note from Pastor Hjelle

Lent is the church season between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It is a time of spiritual reflection and examination. It is a time to dig deeper and to receive that grace of God’s love as it works in us and through us – as it draws us closer to Christ and to one another.

One of the hymns that I find particularly moving during this season is “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason. It helps me remember what this season is about – the incredible love that filled the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and how that love calls us and invites us to respond.

“When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”

As we move through this season, I pray that we will be renewed in body, mind, and spirit and that the love of Christ will fill us to overflowing as we “share the love of Christ by serving others.”

Sunday Morning Worship

I also want to invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings as we explore the very beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:1-12. Each week we will talk about the ways in which God’s kingdom turns this world upside down by offering hope to those who feel hopeless, grace to those who feel unworthy, and love to those who feel unlovable.

May we find ourselves moved by God’s love and grace in ways that we never expected this year! Be blessed and be well!

In Christ, Pastor Rebecca

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