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“Remember … you are dust….”
This ominous Ash Wednesday reminder intends to drive us toward the foot of the cross, where God’s gift of freedom from sin and death is made possible. For the following 50 days, with this reminder echoing behind our ash-smudged foreheads, we march toward the empty tomb, where this gift of freedom is finally made real.
Thus, because of Jesus, you and I are free. There is no question of this, even if we don’t always feel free. But feelings cannot always be trusted, and at times certainly ought to be questioned. You see, how we feel about God will never change what God has already decided for you. You. Are. Free. And this is just as true when you feel bound as when you remember that you are free.
Just as important as being free is that you are freed for a purpose, as specialized and unique for you as your little toe, your pituitary gland, or one of your hair follicles is specialized for the health and well-being of your whole body. What is your purpose in the Body of Christ? This is what we will begin to learn about during Lent. Each Lenten Wednesday message will be a study and discovery of two or three of the many spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible. It is my hope and prayer to teach each person who worships with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd to discover at least one Spiritual Gift.
And you do have one! Sometimes, the hardest thing for someone to accept is that God would freely hand out an ability, a talent, and a passion that is designed to grow the church, grow the Christian, and produce one or more of the gifts of the Spirit in the Christian who practices his or her Spiritual Gift. We just can’t believe that we would love to do something for God as much as God loved us and came to earth for us.
But God did give you just such a gift. The challenge is finding it. So we’d better get started. Please come to dinner and worship each Wednesday, starting on March 5, Ash Wednesday (the details are on the next page, and the times shifted a bit from last year!). God has a job for you, and God promises that you will love to do it for the Kingdom. (Yeah, I said love … Like a snowmobiler loves to snowmobile, and a dancer loves to dance, and a gardener loves to garden and a horse-person loves horses…
I could go on and on and on…) Coming soon to LCGS are more opportunities for doing something that you love to do for the Kingdom of Jesus. These will include: Ruby’s Pantry, Shepherd’s Closet, as well as well-known opportunities like the Capital Campaign (yes, we still need ALL of you to participate!), and supporting our youth going on the Adirondack Mountain Mission Trip this summer (Lenten Soup Supper offerings will go toward this project).
Finally, do you have a 5th-grade (or younger) child in your life who would like to learn about receiving communion? Many of our children already commune, but formal instruction is still strongly urged. I will be visiting each family of each child who would like to receive this instruction in the home. I will not be offering a class, but will be visiting with each family personally. If you would like me to come and share this instruction on Communion, please call (715-404-0046 or 715-834-2959) or e-mail (email@example.com) ASAP and we’ll set up a 45-minute session. A parent is required to be present; whole families are encouraged and welcome. First Communion will be celebrated on Maundy Thursday (right before Easter).
See you all in worship soon, Church!