Beloveds, As we begin a new month, we also start a new season in our ecclesiastic year, the season of Lent. With Lent, not only colors change in our sanctuary, but the mood and rhythms change in the way we worship, as well. Everything is a little bit darker, quieter, and reflective. We start acknowledging our sinfulness, and therefore, we rejoice in God’s grace. God is extending us an invitation to put a pause on our daily lives and to let the Spirit open our eyes and ears, so we can be able to see and hear our neighbor through the eyes and ears of the Kingdom. God is also inviting us to reflect on how we are participating in his kingdom of peace, love, and justice, and therefore to imagine what else we can do in our community, and in our Synod, to keep showing His face of love, inclusion, and equality. Let us, intentionally, take a moment during these next forty days, and look around us, then, let us be humble, and ask for forgiveness. As the psalmist invites us, let us return to the Lord, our God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
In Christ our Lord,