New life has come and begun to take root. That is where we are in the life of the church at this time. We just finished celebrating Christmas when we celebrated Jesus—God’s Word made flesh—arriving among us in the form of new life—a baby born to Mary and Joseph. We will welcome Lent on Ash Wednesday, which comes on March 1 this year. And, it is during the days of Lent that we expect our life together in Christ to grow deeper and deeper.
Now, however, we are in an in between time. Together, with many other Christians throughout the world, we are learning not only who Jesus is, but how he invites us to follow him. Those who loved us and brought us to Holy Baptism are the ones who welcomed God’s new life for us. Now, as we engage that new life and recognize our roles as followers of Jesus, we see it take root within and among us.
That, my friends, in Christ is where we find ourselves here at Saint Paul’s. Roots planted by those who have gone before us, and who have loved Jesus just as we do, have grown and they are growing stronger. While God feeds these roots through Word and Sacrament, they find their rich soil in the clear mission we all share. That is to serve all people, share God’s love, teach Christian values, and live together in peace and hope.
Because those roots are getting stronger, we are becoming stronger, and we are embracing our mission with more confidence. What we need from God and from each other is the courage to continue supporting one another in the midst of growth, so that, as God makes the roots stronger we join one another in strengthening our work for the sake of God’s mission.
One of the many ways we can do that is to pray together.
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pastor Scott Paradise
If you or someone you know is admitted into the hospital, it is very important to notify the church as soon as possible. You can do this by either
calling the church office directly at 610-264-3221 or inform the hospital upon admittance that you are a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Catasauqua and they will list you under our Pastoral Code 312.
If you are admitted into a Rehabilitation facility, please inform the church office as well.
Do you have any good news in your family? Any news, exciting happenings? What do I mean - births, engagements, a new job, a great accomplishment for one of your family members. Tell us so we can celebrate with you. Good News is not for offering Thank you’s, rather it is an opportunity for you to let us know about the joyful things in your lives.
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