Reflections for Lent, from the Desk of Rev. Jeffrey L. Barker

Easter SunriseDear Brothers and Sisters,

As we go to press with the March newsletter, Ash Wednesday and the liturgical season of Lent has begun.  As most of you know, Lent is a forty day spiritual journey of self reflection and self examination.  During this forty day walk with Jesus, through our scripture readings and worship services, we are daily reminded “who” we are, and “whose” we are!

The season of Lent confronts our spiritual shortcomings and calls us to repent of our failure to be the disciples christ and God call us to be.  While Lent is a time of intense reflection and inward repentance, it is also a time of hope, as we pray, work and serve others in Christ’s name.  In that vein, the season of Lent culminates on Maundy Thursday. 

For we Brethren, Maundy Thursday is the night we hold “Love Feast”.  Love Feast remains on of the most profound and powerful signs and symbols of our church’s worship live.  When Brethren come together for this annual meal and worship service during Holy Week, we are reminded of our relationship with God, Christ and all disciples around the world!

This year, Maundy Thursday falls on March 24th.  As we gather in the fellowship hall that night, we will share a simple meal.  We will pray and read scriptures from the Gospels.  We will ponder the mystery and power of Christ’s act of washing his disciples feet, a sign and symbol of God cleansing and forgiving all who have faith and seek to follow Jesus.

I pray all who can will attend Love Feast this year.  If anyone would like to attend but needs a ride, please call Jessica in the office and we will work on getting you to and from church.

I look forward to seeing a faithful turnout this year for Love Feast on March 24th.  More information can be found on the following pages of this newsletter.

Peace be with you all,

Pastor Jeff

1 Comment

  1. Loretta Bayley

    Pastor Jeff,
    You may remember me–Mike Bayley’s wife. You married us over 12 years ago. 🙂 Found your blog after internet searching for you. Wanted to let you know that Mike was baptized January 31st of this year. Our daughter Jolena (turned 7 last month) was being baptized and Mike decided to be baptized with her. I had been praying for that for years. Thought you might be happy to hear about it. We’re still down here in Oregon–if you ever get down to the Portland area, let us know! Hope all is going well for you!
    Loretta Bayley


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