A Message From Our Pastor...
Pastor Chris

March/April 2019
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
-Matthew 28:19-20

We sit on the cusp of Lent. In a few days we will celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord, ending the Epiphany season and leaving us ready for Lent to arrive with the observance of Ash Wednesday on March 6. I’ve had so many conversations over the past few days about how late Lent is this year – while still somehow sneaking up on us all.
 
In Living Our Baptism:  Gifts of Discipleship, by John and Robin McCullough-Bade, they write:

When a baptized Christian affirms the faith (often called confirmation) the presiding minister addresses those making public affirmation of baptism and asks the question:  Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
      to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
      to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
      and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
 
RESPONSE:  We do, and ask God to help and guide us.  (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)
 
And so begins a daily claiming and re-discovering of the God-given gifts of discipleship. These gifts overlap and are intertwined as one gift flows into another and into faithful living.
 
Throughout the season of Lent I encourage you to take a look at these promises, these marks of Discipleship, and consider how you might continue to practice them in your life and in the lives of your family.  I’ll be putting out some material through the Facebook Group and email to help guide the conversation and there are ample opportunities coming up at Holy Counselor (you’ll find information about many of them in this newsletter) to put your practice to work.

-Pastor Chris

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