Last night we had a very meaningful Ash Wednesday service led by our seminary intern, Sean Walker. His text was Isaiah 58:1-12, which talks about repentance and fasting, but one verse jumped out at me. God is speaking, questioning what it really means to repent and fast, and in Isaiah 58:7 God asks: “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into your house?”
In other words, keeping Lent is more than a private religious practice. It is a matter of reaching out to those around you who are in need. It made me think of our efforts with Family Promise. This is literally putting Isaiah 58:7 into practice, for we invite families who are homeless into our church house for a week. Our Family Promise guests will be arriving this coming Sunday, February 22. As I write this there will 9 people staying with us, four of them 2 years old or younger. We need your help to make it all work. We need help setting up the basement in the Mission House on Sunday morning. We also need someone to stay overnight at the church for just one night during the week. And with 4 babies, WE NEED PACKS OF DISPOSABLE DIAPERS! I can think of no better way to keep Lent than to be a part of this important ministry. If there is anything you can do to help contact Sheila Myers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the Sundays in Lent, our theme will be “The Things God Does for Love,” focusing on the various covenants God makes with humanity down through the ages. The final covenant is found in God’s great act of love of God’s own Son dying on the cross and rising from the grave.
Pastor Beth will start us off this Sunday with “The Things God Does for Love: Mercy.” Her text is Genesis 9:8-17, the story of the covenant God made with Noah and the sign of the rainbow. At the first service, Nicole Theis will be playing the piano for an introit and the Chancel Choir will be singing. You won’t want to miss it.
Stay in One Peace,