FROM THE PASTOR
Dear church family,
For the last year or so, we have been confined due to COVID, unable to travel far. Someday soon, we hope to take those long-deferred trips to see family or other parts of the world.
Lent, of course, is often described as a journey. Over the course of forty days, we follow Jesus as best we can, tracing his steps from the Jordan River to the Sea of Galilee, through many villages to Jerusalem, and finally through the streets to the Cross. It was not a journey he wanted to make, but he did it, and told his disciples to take up their crosses and follow him. He did say that much more lay beyond that way and encouraged his disciples to continue on. Thomas objected, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
But the disciples had traveled with Jesus for three years. They had journeyed to small towns and major cities. They had climbed mountains, walked through deep valleys, fished in deep waters. They had seen a varied landscape as well as every kind of human experience. Jesus had always promised a destination beyond this world. By the time they reached Jerusalem at the Passover, they were in many senses closer to their real home than ever before.
This Lent, George, Sara, and I invite you to join us on Journeys with Jesus. We will travel to places that he visited – the Jordan River, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Bethany, Jerusalem. The Easter season will take us somewhere else entirely, and we may able to glimpse what lies beyond.
With every blessing,
Rev. Larry Wood
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