posted Jan 26, 2018, 6:17 AM by Cameron Hubanks

“Jesus went on with his disciples to the village of Caesarea Philippi, and on the way he asked his disciples, Who do people say that I am?’” -- Mark 8:27

Who do people say that Jesus is? Who do we say we are?

These will be recurrent questions for us this month and in the months to come. We will explore these questions of identity as we begin to put together the Local Church Profile. Elsewhere in the newsletter you will see some important information from our Search Committee about the process of calling a new minister. For my part, I want to encourage EVERYONE to take an active role in helping shape the profile. The better we can describe who the church is and where we feel God is leading, the easier it will be for prospective candidates to see the vibrant faith, generous heart, and resilient spirit of this community of God’s people. The number of candidates in our final pool is less important than finding the right one.

In worship, we transition to the season of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14. To set this season apart, we will kick it off with a somewhat non-traditional service that reflects the three very traditional Lenten disciplines: Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer. We will gather at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall for a simple soup supper, participate in acts of service and charity, and conclude our time together ~7:15pm with a blessing of the work of our hands and the imposition of ashes. 

This is intended to be a meaningful event for families and people of all ages and church backgrounds, so feel free to invite family, friends, and neighbors!

During the six Sundays of Lent, we will hear from different people that followed Jesus or encountered him in some way during his earthly ministry. Who do these people say that Jesus is? What parts of their stories and experiences resonate with our own? I am really excited by the willingness of volunteers to help with some short worship dramas, and Im grateful to all who have already jumped into our new Tuesday morning bible study. These practices of delving into God’s Word to better understand the context and content of these texts are not only good “head” exercises, but also serve to train the heart to connect the faith we proclaim with our day-to-day lives.

February can be a cold and gray month. I often find myself impatiently willing winter to just “be done” so I can move on. Still, even while I celebrate the days growing longer, the cold and snow can linger, reminding me to not wish away these precious moments and that I have some important work of preparation left to do. Together, let us roll up our sleeves and get to work!

May Christ’s light ever shine in your hearts and may this season of Lent help us prepare for whatever God has in store! Grace abounds!

Pastor Laura