It is a busy time during the church year! Take time to intentionally enter into a quiet place to reconnect and strengthen your relationship with God in prayer. Attached are the current opportunities to serve one another, connections with the community and news from Grace Lutheran Church. Easter Blessings to you and your family.
Click the link to read the current news from Grace Lutheran Church: April 2022 Messenger
Grace Lutheran’s April 2022 Calendar of events can be found here: April 2022 Calendar*
Although Paul’s devotion to Christ has caused him to be persecuted, he does not regret the course he has taken. Writing from prison, he expresses confidence in a glorious future and encourages other Christians to follow in his footsteps. He seeks to rally the believers in Philippi to stand firm in their faith in spite of persecution from the wider society as well as internal conflicts and false teachers in the church itself. “Stand firm in the Lord.” That’s his rallying cry. That’s his challenge to the Philippian church 2000+ years ago, and it’s his challenge to us today. “Stand firm in the Lord.”
Our mid-week Lenten service features the music of Holden Evening Prayer. Our theme is “Ministry Among Us.” Our guest this week is Table Grace Cafe.
When Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, he may not have had the company of friends and family surrounding him, but he was not alone. Every word he spoke to address the temptations of the devil came from Deuteronomy. Through these familiar words, Jesus was abe to summon up the presence of his ancestors and the voice of God that spoke to them. What words are written on your heart? In times of crisis, what words find their way through the ages to bring you strength? Are you prepared for the wilderness times? Can you trust your pain to God? Can you focus on your eternal purpose more than on your immediate circumstances? Ask God to prepare you.
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Today is a day for remembering that we are simply creatures, not the Creator. We remember those we love who have returned to the dust. We remember our place in the large arc of history. We remember that we are frail and small and that the world does not revolve around us. It’s a solemn day to remember. But that remembering also leads us to freedom. Freedom comes to God’s people in the most unlikely of places: in the desert, in the wilderness, in exile, under an oppressive empire, on the cross, in the homes of scared disciples locked away. Freedom arrives in the ordinary things of water, word, bread and wine and today in ashes.
Lent begins this month with Ash Wednesday on March 2nd. Worship services during the month of March will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2315 I Street. Within the March issue of Grace Messenger are opportunities to help those in need through Baking Essentials and Personal Care Kits; and participate in a Lent Bible Study. Additional details regarding the busy season of Lent can be read within the Grace Messenger and the March calendar attached below.
The current news from Grace Lutheran Church can be found here: March 2022 Messenger
Click the link to read the Grace Calendar for March 2022: March 2022 Calendar
Sometimes transformation happens before our very eyes without us even noticing it. God’s glory was on full display for the disciples that day on the mountaintop, and as people of faith, we profess God’s transforming power is still at work among us today. These are the pivotal moments that change our perspective, invite us to embark on a new adventure of discipleship, and expand our capacity for love of God and neighbor. These are the moments when Christ is revealed to us. God is here. Christ is among us.
In today’s gospel, Jesus’ words today are challenging. But more that a list of dos and don’ts, this is an invitation to enter a countercultural way of living: a lifestyle that meets antagonism with mercy, scarcity with generosity, and selfishness with abundant love. It is not a call to passivity or silence, to complicity in injustice, or to acceptance of the way things are in order to avoid conflict. Instead, it is a call to let God’s merciful justice and compassionate grace define our stories, our relationships, and our very existence so that we might be agents of change. It it a call to experience the freedom that only Christ can give. It is a call to join God as co-creators of a new kingdom where Christ reigns, all in all.
In todayâ€™s gospel, Jesus meets the crowds on the plane. On the plane, it can feel like everything has been laid bare; nothing can remain hidden for long. And true to the setting, much is exposed in this story. The rich and the poor, the joyful and the suffering, the hungry and the full are placed side by side. There is no hiding the inequality and injustice of the world. Jesusâ€™ stark words reach across the page and the years to call us, the church, to examine our hearts, our relationships, and even our society. A level plain invites us to look our neighbors in the eyes, to hear their stories, to see their humanity. The level plane is a place of transformation and healing. This is a place to meet Jesus.