From the Pastor | 2.22.19

Greetings All,

We are coming to a close of the season of Epiphany, but that doesn’t mean we are to think that God comes to a close or an end of revealing himself to us. God comes to us in Word and Sacrament, fellowship with other Christians, and through the ministries of The Church. We “see” and experience God in these ways and are blessed to be a blessing through our service and witness in return. I spoke about Christian witness a few weeks ago and said that we ALL are in the business of passing on the faith and sharing our God-story with others. Some might say that they are embarrassed to talk about Jesus with others, or not knowledgeable enough to share their faith. Well guess what? That’s not an excuse. Anyone who claims to be a Christian, or to put it differently, has the Christian claim and mark of baptism upon them, MUST share their God-story and tell others of Jesus and his love. Jesus says in Matthew 10:27, “What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.” And Peter says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” So let’s all take the Epiphany challenge of sharing the Light of Christ with the people near us. In fact, instead of giving up chocolate chip-cookies and cheeseburgers for Lent, put a few sentences together in your head of what Jesus means to you and what the value of the church is, and be willing to share that with someone. If you do this, be ready, God will give you the opportunity. And more importantly, that person may need hope, encouragement and direction. And God is reaching them through you!
—pastor