You know the folk idiom that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb! I actually hope that comes true this year. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a head start on spring! For now I will just thumb through a seed catalog and dream of warm days, green grass, and a bunch of potatoes to plant.
March is really a great time for the Christian Year to move into high gear. March 5th is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. From there we cross the 40 day bridge until we arrive at Holy Week and the celebration of Easter. Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!
Between March 5th on Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday on April 20 we will be investing in two unique congregational sequences. We will be gearing up with our visioning process as we seek the Lord and refine our direction for the coming years. In addition, we will be inviting everyone to join together in a Lenten study called Graceful Foundations. There will be daily readings, devotions designed for our congregation, and a regular gathering time on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 each week. I hope you will be a part of both processes!
We all know the children’s song called This Little Light of Mine. Do you remember the line that says, “Hide it under a bushel, (then every voice shouts) NO! … I’m going to let it shine!” That is the message of Luke 8:16. No one ignites a lamp and then hides the light under cover so it can not spread. That is the message for the season of Lent. Light your lamp, let it shine, let God illuminate the world through you and your life.
We love it when our kids sing that song but how many of us really take the message to heart as adults? I know there are times when we could shine brighter and thereby make life brighter for folks who are living without the Light of the World. Maybe this Lenten Season can be a time when we really shine throughout our communities.
People throughout Parker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Foxfield, Aurora, Castle Rock, and Lone Tree need to see and experience the Light of the World. We are in the perfect position to do just that. Not only our location on Parker Road but our people scattered around the area to bring light and life to those who are searching and seeking.
The bible says that when you ask, you will be given. When you knock, the door will be opened. And when you seek…
God bless you all! I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!