Pastor’s Pen February 2021

Dear Siblings in Christ:

In February the Church celebrates several Festivals:

The Presentation of Our Lord – Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus in the Temple according to Jewish law.  Let us present ourselves to God.

The Martyrs of Japan – Christians tortured and killed by the Shoguns.  Martyr means witness; let us witness to the love of Christ for all people.

Transfiguration of the Lord – Jesus going up the mountain with Peter and John.  Let’s go up to the mountain with Jesus and come back down to the valley to serve others.

Ash Wednesday – The most penitential day of the liturgical year during which we “Remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return.”  Let us confess our sins and turn again to the way of forgiveness and love.

Martin Luther, Renewer of the Church – the founder of our denomination who taught us about God’s grace.  Let’s share God’s undying grace with everyone we meet.

Elizabeth Fedde, Deaconess – missionary from Norway to New York City and founder of a Lutheran Hospital in Minneapolis.  Let’s discover again the missionary spirit of the Church and reach out to the least of these, Jesus’ siblings.

Come together for fun and silliness before the season of Lent.  The Fastnacht Follies are online on the 16th

On the 28th the 2021 Council President, Jen McLaren, will lead the Annual Meeting Part 2.  You’ll have the Annual Report on the 14th.  We will elect the Nominating Committee.  There will be a presentation by the Property Team on the needs of our building and their recommendations to address those needs.  We’ll look forward to increased vaccinations and warmer weather allowing us to worship together outside on the lawn.  The day will come when we can gather again in St. Paul’s beautiful space.

Please join me in the Prayer of the Day for Ash Wednesday.  Let us pray.  Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

God bless your Lenten journey,

Pastor Elaine

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