Message From Our Pastor...
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."
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:
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)
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.
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.