My friends, the Season of Lent is a time to consider the choices about our life: to think about the things that endure, to consider the challenges facing us, to explore the opportunities before us.The Season of Lent is a time to consider the choices about our life: to think about the things that endure, to consider the challenges facing us, to explore the opportunities before us.
I like the way Earl Johnson describes Lent as “a time to ask for God’s strength and place the church and ourselves in God’s hands.” This congregation stands today in the heritage of God’s blessings as that has been done. This church has gone through days of difficulty when determination was required and through days of joy when celebrations were called for.
Now is the time for new possibilities: making those choices, planning with prudence, using your resources wisely, enjoying each other, making a difference in the lives of people in this congregation, this city, and beyond.
Let it be said of First Presbyterian Church:
If you want to help people who need help, bring hope to people who have little hope, speak a kind word to those who are down and need a lift;
If you want to house the homeless, feed the hungry, care for the sorrowful, and ease the pain of the lonely;
If you want to shape the lives of little children, help young couples have better marriages, lead teenagers through the throes of adolescence with their values and spirits intact, give adults anchors for faith in a chaotic world, provide dignity and hope for all people;
This is the place and we are the people who trust God for the choices we are making: to follow love which endures, have faith which meets every challenge and embrace hope which seizes the opportunities God gives.
Thanks and blessings, Bruce Lancaster
Intro to the February Newsletter