A letter from the pastor...
By the Reverend Steven Kim
Season of Revival!
As spring is coming near, so is Lenten season. I am glad to mention the word spring the first time through this winter. As the season moves on, God will bring all the dormant life up to the surface of the ground little by little. He also wants to bring up one’s dormant life to its revival. Lent is the season of our spiritual revival.
The outstanding message of Lent is that one’s spiritual revival starts from one’s penitent heart. Penitence is the very beginning of our spiritual journey in the Christian faith. That is why the very first message of Jesus’ in his public ministry was about nothing else but repentance. Matthew 3:2, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
During the season of Lent, we are invited to look back on our lifestyle and double check our priorities in life. God invites us to see the vanity of worldly pleasures, wealth, and fame. He urges us to re-route our life to the essence of life itself.
In Luke 12:20, Jesus calls the rich man a fool whose life was entrapped by his wealth and worldly blessings. In God’s sight, he was a biggest loser of life because he had never sought the life eternal. That was a disaster to him.
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'”
This year our Lenten journey starts on February 14th. That night we are going to have our own Ash Wednesday service independently. It will be a powerful reminder for us that our body and our life on earth will turn to ashes eventually. One’s life sorely invested in the earthly life will be scattered away like ashes in the end.
Historically, Christians have sought various ways to discipline themselves spiritually during Lent. Some choose not to eat meat or drink coffee or alcohol. Some choose to attend Lenten services or participate in Lenten studies. Some choose to read the Bible intensively or attend the prayer sessions or read spiritual books and so on.
No matter what avenue you choose during Lent this spring, I pray that God would pour the penitent spirit onto you and you come closer to His presence and the new life in Jesus Christ afresh.
For Healing, for Courage and Strength, and God’s Mercy:
- The Carillon Bells were played last month in Memory of Sharon Steinert. It was a blessing for the church and Barbara Thomas.
- We ask for prayer for the family of Terry Newell who has joined the Church Triumphant.
- Nancy Fogg asks for prayer for George Brown who is on his final leg of his earthly journey.
- Our prayers are with KarlAnn Paden who was in a car accident. We ask God to heal her quickly.
- Barbara and Ken Joseph need your prayers for their brother-in-law, Erich, who had eye surgery. Prayers are needed for a full and speedy recovery.
- We ask for prayers for Pat Brower, who is recovering from a kidney procedure last month. All went well.
- Our prayers are with Lee Carolan who has diverticulitus and now has shingles. Lee appreciates no visitors as she rests, but welcomes the prayers of her church.
- Rich Diaz offers prayers of thanks that the Senate and House have found a compromise so the government can re-open.
- Carolyn and Steve Costa ask for your prayers for Jennifer Lombardi who is undergoing a lung transplant.
- Diane Peritore asks for prayers for her four grandchildren who celebrated birthdays during the first two weeks of January.
- Nancy and Jed Johnson need healing prayers for their friend's son who is in Stony Brook Hospital.
- We pray for those who have the flu and ask for a quick recovery.
- Our prayers are with all our college students, especially Isabelle and Danielle.
- Special prayers of joy for Liam Ortiz who has the lead in his school play.
- Ed Brower
- Celie and Bob Lundquist
- Diana Spetta
- Jolanda Rice
- Joe Santangelo
- Joan Quinn
- Carolyn Ellis
- Evelyn Reddick
- Barbara Thomas
- Audrey Savwoir
- Gail Bean
- Mae Bruss
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