February 11 Kids Sing in Church

We had a great group of kids with us in worship on Feb 11, and they shared a song they’ve been working on!

Watch below:

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January 2018 Intern Inspiration

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

These words help us begin the season of Lent. We lay palm ashes in the shape of a cross on our foreheads and we hear these words.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

They’re not cheery. They do not warm our hearts. They fit right in with the doldrums of mid-February. They are reminders that in the grand scheme of things, we are simply blips on the cosmic timeline, here one moment, gone the next.

Yet if we were to take a poll of Christian denominations that celebrate Ash Wednesday, a significant number of people would report that they find great meaning and comfort in those words.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

What is it about these words, this profound reminder of sin and death, that feels so compelling to us? Why do we spend the six weeks of Lent in penitential reflection, considering the state of our lives and our relationship with God? Why are these things necessary for a life of faith?

As humans, we know that there is something fundamentally wrong.

We are sinners. We know this. We hear it weekly, from our own mouths, as we confess those actions known and unknown that damage our relationship with God and others. But when we go under the surface and examine our confession, we become more aware that something is amiss that we cannot fix ourselves. The price of sin is death, the ashes to which we will return.

As Christians, we know that there is an answer to this “wrongness.”

We know that we are children of God, created in God’s image from the clay of the earth. We know God’s spirit is living within us. We know that Jesus Christ was born of a woman, made fully human. Through the gospels, we experience Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. Out of the ashes of a world broken by sin, God calls us to know God’s love for us.

Ash Wednesday is a reminder of exactly where we lie when it comes to our relationship with God.

We are dust- we are a blip on the cosmic timeline- we are sinners. Yet we are loved so much by God that Jesus became human to walk the same dust of our earth from which we were raised. In the midst of our dustiness, we are so much more than sinners who deserve punishment. We are people called and redeemed by Christ.

As we join together for Ash Wednesday worship and as we walk the journey to the cross through Lent, we will do well to remember both sides of this coin. Without sin there is no grace, and without grace we are lost to sin. Understood in this way, Lent is not a morbid recollection and punishment of our sins, but a season of clarity that reminds exactly why God sent Jesus to us. Through Christ we are redeemed; through our experience we understand why.

Please, if you are able, join us for worship Wednesday, February 14 at 6:30pm, and on Thursdays throughout Lent at 5:30pm for dinner and 6:30pm for worship. We will use these times, as well as our regular Sunday worships to proclaim our dustiness, and remind ourselves that we walk the path with Christ from sin to salvation each and every day.

Blessings during your Lenten Journey!

Intern Pastor Seth