Good morning, Hope-sters!
Here’s a happy reminder as we shovel our way out of yet another winter snowstorm: The 40-day season of Lent – a time for spiritual growth and renewal leading to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – literally means spring or lengthening of days. Woo-hoo! Let’s hear it for Lent!
Before we celebrate Easter at Hope, all the snow will melt (hopefully). Signs of new life will appear. Brighter days will push back the night.
This time around, as we make our annual Lenten journey, I encourage you to take more time than usual to bask in the warm light of God’s love. Practice the traditional Lenten discipline of quitting a harmful habit, and starting a helpful one. Pray. Serve. Love. Give. Worship. Study & read from The Story (a $20 book available for $8 in our bookstore). Become more biblically fluent. Do it all for the sake of growing closer to God, not religious resume building.
As most of you know, we moved from the Old to New Testament in our weekly Bible readings this week – The Story, Chapter 22. If you fell behind, or you’re new to Hope, this is a perfect time to get on board. Join us and come worship this weekend. I’ll preach at all services on the opening chapters of the New Testament, and you’ll hear some very cool Hope stories, too.
The snow won’t last. God will – and he calls you to get to know him better this Lent.
Pastor. Preacher. Harlem Shuffler.
P.S.- In just one week, you’ve already given enough money to Nets of Hope to send 3,414 nets (along with necessary education and treatment) through our ELCA mission partners in Africa, to help bring an end to malaria … thank you! Remember, for just $10 throughout the season of Lent (spring time, more light, renewal), you can save a life by contributing to this special offering. 100% of your donation will be used to fight malaria. 0% will stay at Hope or ELCA offices.