March 2020

Dear Friends,

We have entered the season of Lent. The music shifts to contemplation and longing. The scriptures challenge our understanding identity and our perpetual need for grace. The messages and prayers of confession step on toes and unnerve the soul. Worship continues to touch the spirit, but the impending shadow of the cross weighs heavily on the horizon.

While worship leads us up the mountain to the cross, the sun is reemerging from the winter haze, and dormant plants are springing forth with new life. Church is buzzing with ministries of immense beauty and hope. Families are planning their upcoming vacations, and the excitement of summer is beginning to peak around the corner.

I invite you to live in the mystery between the markers of the seasons and the markers of Lenten worship. Look for the places where sin, evil, and death seem prevalent. Discover the places where grace is springing forth. Let the longing for redemption and the joy of resurrection’s promise sit in tension with one another.

If I can be of any help to you in this highly spiritual season of reflection- please do not hesitate to reach out or come by to sit and chat.

Grace and Peace,
Matt