What are you looking for in life? What is God looking for? Does what you’re looking for line up with what God’s is looking for? Reflect on the these questions in light of this past Sunday’s lessons here and my thoughts below.
What does it mean to be a child of God? Read these lessons and reflect with me about about your spiritual family resemblance.
It’s a rare alignment between the First Sunday in Lent and Valentine’s Day. But the love of God and his precious promises abide all year long. Today’s readings can be found here. May you be upheld by God’s promises in any wilderness of life.
St Francis is doing a Lenten Supper and Small Group study on the 5 Marks of Mission adapting the Hitting the Mark study from the Diocese of Bermuda (see the links on the bottom of the resources page) along with some video supplements. These marks of mission, as endorsed by the global Anglican Communion, seek to define and summarize what the Church’s purpose is. So to introduce the study, I preached on these Marks of Mission on Ash Wednesday, so we might ask God’s forgiveness in those ways we have “missed the mark” in terms of trusting and sharing the Gospel, teaching and supporting each other in spiritual growth, serving the needy, promoting biblical justice, and caring for creation. May we all grow in holiness this Lent, not just in obedience and purity, but in vocation, as well.
Since at St Francis we typically observe the Transfiguration feast day in August, I opted for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany readings (for those of you who are more lectionarily-oriented); you can read them here. As we finish our journey through the psalms over Epiphany, I hope you find out for yourself that God’s salvation in Christ Jesus shows up right on time.