On behalf of my family, I would like to thank the people of Christ the King for the generous Christmas bonus. Also, the countless prayers that have been offered to God on behalf of my father are examples of this faith community taking to heart the call to bear each other’s burdens. My heart is full of gratitude and thankfulness as such compassion and grace have been shown by so many. One of the gifts that we can give each other in the body of Christ is to hold each other in prayer, and God rejoices when the call to prayer is answered because our relationship with God is strengthened, which leads to acts of love for the world.
Yes, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Ash Wednesday is on February 14th this year, so mark your calendars for the Lenten Wednesday schedule of 6:00 PM soup & sandwich suppers, and 7:00 PM worship with Holden Evening Prayer. This year, my Lenten Wednesday homily series will focus on things that God in Christ calls us to give up such as: expectations, superiority, enemies, our lives, and popularity. I look forward to our time together in worship, and food and fellowship.
In closing, I would like to share one of Martin Luther’s prayers. “Dear Father in heaven, for the sake of your dear Son Jesus Christ grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may be true learners of Christ, and therefore acquire a heart with a never-ceasing fountain of love. Amen.”
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke