Tuesday, March 7

Weekly Update

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
(Mark 1:15)

This Sunday's sermon was a reflection on this primary declaration of Christ. Sometimes we come to realize that these words, words that can be so familiar, have lost meaning for us. The elementary teaching is misunderstood, neglected or simply overlooked. To believe in the good news, one must meet Jesus...the person, and not the idea.

Take the opportunity to read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I hope you find this book as enjoyable and as helpful as I did.

Our time in Lent continues. In worship we will be using the Hymnal 1982 from the Episcopal Church. It is a rich resource. And we hope that those who are unfamiliar with its service music and hymns will find learning enjoyable.

Kate Kamphausen is leading us in a study of the Gospel of John during Lent. This coming Sunday we will be studying chapters 3-6. Yes, this is a huge section. We know. But the dialogue will be lively. We hope you join us at 5:30 before the service.

We are in conversation with Monte Johnson, the pastor of our hosts Immanuel Lutheran, about how we might share together the Holy Week services. As an ecumenical venture, we constantly seek opportunities to open ourselves to shared worship of our Lord with other groups. Ash Wednesday was tremendous. Be certain to ask any who attended about the experience. We will let you all know what arrangements are made for Holy Week. There is great interest at Immanuel for a greater relationship with Reconciler. Keep this relationship in your prayers.

Take time this week to seek out the eyes of Jesus. You will find them in the eyes of those you meet on the street, on the bus and "L." By the Word and through the Word, all things were created. In each of us is the Word. Pray that those who are looking with you will find in your eyes the love of Christ. May all that you see reflect the Love of God.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

(Psalm 22:25-26)

-Tripp Hudgins
Pastoral Team