Faith Lutheran Church

Pastor's Message

March 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

"Lent is a significant season in the life of the churches." So begins the forward of a book of Lenten meditations entitled, Paths the Master Trod by Pastor Kelly O'Neall. The book was written in 1951, the year I was born. I believe Lent was a lot more significant then for most congregations than it is today. The writer of the forward, however, was more absolute than the author himself, who begins his preface by writing, "To the Protestant Christian, the observance of Lent is meaningful in the degree to which it leads him [or her] into personal fellowship with Christ."

I think that both writers are correct - even today. Lent always has been and still is significant in the church, even if it is so to fewer of its members than in times past. It is also true that each of us will largely determine how much meaning and significance it has for us by how much we put into its observance so that it might lead us more fully into our fellowship with Christ.

We enter into another Lent this month. After the glory of the Transfiguration, celebrated on March 3, we will move directly to the solemnity of Ash Wednesday on March 6. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find our schedule for Lent. It is provided with the sincere hope that more of you will make this the year you get intentional about your observance of this significant season.

Elsewhere in his preface to the book O'Neall writes of the observance of Lent by offering a number of the ways one might do so: "...whether by self-denial or service or daily meditation and prayer..." How things have changed from when a pastor would assume that most of the members of the congregation would be doing any combination of those things. Maybe, even then, they were kidding themselves - I don't know. I do know that I don't assume most of you will largely alter your patterns of life for six weeks in order to observe Lent. I live in hope, however, that more of you will alter them somewhat for the sake of being led more fully into a deeper relationship with our Lord.

It seems "right, our duty and our joy," as we say in worship, to offer a larger piece of our time and our being during this season when we meditate and reflect on the offering of his whole life which Jesus made for us. So, "whether by self-denial or service or daily meditation and prayer" or more intentional worship attendance or additional Wednesday night worship attendance or by whatever means - may you this season observe Lent more fully and so grow in your knowledge and love of God.

In Christ,
Pastor Zimmermann