What leads us away from loving God and others?
This is one of the key questions the church has asked believers to consider during the days of Lent. The intent is for a person’s response to help shape one’s Lenten discipline. These disciplines need not be heroic. For example, if a person realizes how upset they felt when a stray shopping cart put a ding in their car, then that person might make it a Lenten discipline to remember always to put the shopping cart back in the corral in the parking lot as a way of protecting a neighbor’s property. Or, if a person realizes they have far more than enough to eat while other people go hungry, then that person might consider a Lenten discipline of eliminating desserts and using the money saved to contribute to a local food bank. (Oh, wait…I just realized that for some people giving up desserts might be heroic!)
For this reason, many people think about Lent—and its related disciplines—as “spring cleaning for the soul.” Lent gives us a chance to rid ourselves of things that lead us away from loving God and others.
Since loving God and others is an important dimension of our congregational mission, some of our leaders have joined me in welcoming the opportunity to begin “spring cleaning for the church building that is Saint Paul’s. In fact, six ladies already got us started by coming in one day in each of four weeks to clean the kitchen off Fellowship Hall. It looks terrific!
Our worship and work activities during each of the five weeks in Lent will focus on an area of our building where we regularly love God and serve our neighbors. (There are even plans underway for things that go outside of our building, such as a fresh new look for The Epistle.) The plan is to have various small cleaning jobs available for which folks can sign up so that we have a clear sense of Lent moving toward Easter where God’s promise confronts us with the gift of New Beginnings.
Lent has its own particular glory to it, but it is not exactly what we expect gory to be. Rather, it is glory that shines brighter because Easter is on the way. Thank you for making this trip from glory to glory with us!
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.
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