It is hard to believe we are now in the season of Lent. By the time you read this letter, Easter will be less than 40 days away. This time leading up to Easter is a special time: a holy time. It is a time to prayerfully look inward and seek the truth about what needs to change, what needs to be forgotten, or what needs to be embraced so we can continue forward in the quest for spiritual maturity. This quest for spiritual maturity requires intentional time of quiet and introspection, a time to put aside earthly desires and turn our hearts to Jerusalem to discover God’s desires.
My heart is still celebrating over my installation on January 19th as your permanent pastor. Thank you to everyone who was part of the planning, preparation and those who were able to witness this service. And thank you for the lovely stole pictured above, I love the colors and the images of buildings and churches. It is a perfect symbol of what is ahead for us and we reach out and find new ways to be good neighbors!
We just celebrated Epiphany, remembering the time the Magi traveled by camel in search of the Holy child. The bright shining star led them right to Jesus where they worshipped him and presented him with gifts. As we now enter this new year, a new decade, we too are searching for what this next year will bring to our church and to our individual lives.
In a few weeks, we will celebrate Thanksgiving and it is a wonderful time to slow down and reflect on the richness of our lives. We have so much to be thankful for! I want to share my own heartfelt thanks to all of you at EGPC. For me, you are a true witness of God’s very presence reflecting hearts of love and care. Your strength in refusing to give up and your faithful service to God inspires me to dream along with you.