I have to say that I have been reenergized for ministry! Feeling better
physically is part of it, but being able to be at only one church has made a
huge difference as well. I give thanks for the privilege of being the pastor of St. Timothy.
We are working our way through Lent to Easter. All of this month is Lent,
with Holy Week being the final week.
During this time, we are meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 for Dinner
Church. If you find yourself wondering what to do for dinner, join us! Also, for those of you with confirmation age children, during dinner, we are talking about the affirmations to the promises of baptism that your children will be making in June. This is important for all of us as Christians. It is a crossgenerational time for the entire family.
On Sunday, March 25, at 3:00, we are hosting a special Chrism Mass. What is this? It is a time when Bishop Macholz will be with us and there is a special blessing of oil that is used to anoint people for healing and in
baptism. This service also includes affirmation of rostered ministers‟ vows. I would invite you to come and participate in this Chrism Mass. There will also be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.
This year has been unusual. Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day were on the same day. Stranger yet—Easter Sunday falls on April Fool's Day. I've really had to think about this one. There is scripture that comes to mind; however, from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles”(1Cor. 1:21-23). Then, referring to himself and the other leaders of the church, Paul writes, “e are fools for the sake of Christ”(1 Cor. 4:10). Other places, Paul writes that God's foolishness is greater than humanity's wisdom.
That's perhaps the connection between Easter and April Fool's Day—that
the Messiah should die on a cross, and then be raised from the dead. God' ways are certainly not ours.
Let us draw near to God throughout Lent as God has already drawn near to us. Let us worship and read and pray and fellowship together so that we may be more like Christ.