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Lenten Reflections II

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you…Psalm 63:1

I’m sitting in my office this morning just starting to look through the cards that came in with yesterday’s offering. For those of you who weren’t there on Sunday, I’ve decided to take a somewhat different approach to my sermon writing for Lent, and likely beyond. During my sermon on Sunday, I asked the congregation, “What are you curious about?” I then asked everyone who had a question if they would take a card that I had placed in the pew, and to write on it a question or something you were curious about. Doing a quick count, I now have eighteen cards to work through, which is more than enough to get me started.

The cards that I provided will remain in the pews, and it will be something that will continue as a regular feature in our worship services. So if something occurs to you or a new question comes up, feel free to pick up a card, fill it out, and include it on the offering plate. If you need a starting point, complete the phrase, “I am curious about…” This will give me a good starting point from which to work.

Oddly enough, with it being the season of Lent, some of the more difficult questions of faith are addressed in the stories we tell. As such, the first question that I will be addressing this coming Sunday, is “I want to better understand why some are taken in death so early.” It is a topic that fits very well with the story of the fig tree in Luke 13:1-9.

I am hoping this is a good start to help us as a congregation in the “Growing in Faith” part of our brand new vision statement. I am looking forward to working through these ones, as well as whatever curiosity questions come my way in future!

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, March 6th: Annual General Meeting
  • Sunday, March 20th: Palm/Passion Sunday
    • On Palm/Passion Sunday the choir will be offering a special presentation in music marking the beginning of Holy Week.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Seminar
    • In cooperation with the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL), I will be offering a short course/seminar on the Dead Sea Scrolls. While the exact start date still needs to be confirmed, this course will run for approximately five weeks between May and early June.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months. If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

 

Church Office Hours

Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.

My regular office hours are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00 to 12:30. While I am likely to be in the office in the afternoons Monday through Thursday, I may also be out on pastorals visits or meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

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