Message from Linda
Pastor Linda's Message


Message from Linda

The Journey


As Christians, we are called to try to see the world as God sees it, with hope and possibility. Easter calls us into a way of living in the world as we allow the God of Life to transform us. In each day of our lives, in the midst of challenges and everyday routines, we believe that the God of New Life is at work in us and around us. As a church, we are called to create safe places where people can share their stories of how God is at work in their lives. What a blessing it is to hear your stories!


Lent is a journey of the heart. The more we know and understand the mind of Christ and the story of our salvation, the more fully we can understand and appreciate the blessings of our new life found in Jesus. As we remember the mystery of our redemption in Christ, we are recreated! It is through our receptivity to God’s grace that we may participate in the mystery of Christ’s body. As we journey together, encountering Christ and being instructed by God’s invitation, growing together and deepening our common life and ministry we become filled with gratitude for the mercy of God and for the affirmation of God’s unconditional love for us.


Jesus set before us some of the many ways we are called to service by using the gifts that God gives us. We are called to be people of strength and courage, people of compassion and mercy, and people committed to serving God by serving others. It is through the gift of prayer that we are kept close to the heart of God and connected to one another as the people of God. As we discover the joy of walking with God, and as we journey together in the life of the church, it is important that whatever we do, we do with a sense of joy! As I partner in ministry with you, I am deeply touched by your commitment to reach out to your church family, to your community and to the world in a significant way.


Michael Anderson writes, “There are several movements in the symphony of Christian life: discipleship, prayer, identification, action. We begin where God initiates new life, responding to Christ who says, ‘Follow me.’ Throughout life, we learn again and again that the invitation is always before us and He leads us constantly into new situations, if we are open to spontaneity and surprise. By prayer, the soul lives, and as we pray, God leads us to the next step in our maturity, identification.” As we orient our lives toward God, we remember that with every breath we take, with every step we take, God is with us.


As we journey through Lent and ponder the wonder of life and the seasons of faith, Pastor Jim and I invite you to a very special Lenten Journey beginning with Ash Wednesday, on February 26, with a service in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion; followed by five Wednesday mornings (March 4-April 1). We will meet each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. in the Conference Room for coffee and a continental breakfast, followed by a 30-minute Lenten Service in the Sanctuary that will begin at 8:30 a.m.


The theme for our Lenten series will be Conversations with Jesus. We all have questions that we would like to ask God someday. But have you ever stopped to think about the questions God might want to ask us? As we walk with Jesus through his life, ministry and death, let us listen closely to the questions he asks us.


Blessings and peace,

Linda Bailey, Associate Pastor


Last Published: February 7, 2020 11:55 AM
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