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 “God Calls to the Heart: An Exploration of Faith in the Book of Hebrews”

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Lent begins this year on February 22, which is Ash Wednesday. We will have worship that night at 6:30pm. On all five Wednesdays in March there will be a meal at church followed by a worship service. The sermon theme during Wednesday worship will be on faith, provided by some understandings from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament that explore God in Christ at work in our faith. 

In the ancient days of First Century, A.D., when Jesus walked the earth ministering around Galilee, the new “Jewish Christians” (Jewish converts to Christianity) had weakened in the faith, by diligence and belief. Jesus had ascended to the Father, and some forty years had passed since he was ministering to the poor, the needy and the neglected. Near the end of the First Century, more and more persecutions against the new Christians were taking place. It was a challenging time to be “of the faith.” The book of Hebrews captures the sentiments of this time period of Christianity’s earliest followers. And these biblical themes can speak to us today. When we are restless or indifferent in the faith, or when we lose hope and are skeptic about the strength of faith in God in a counter-Christian culture, the book of Hebrews is instructive. The 21st Century is much like that first century!

Hebrews proclaims the strength of God’s word, saying, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb. 4:12, NSV)

May we be guided, once again, into our “soul care”, move to repentance, and return to the Lord with the help of these First Century themes we will explore during our Lenten Wednesdays in worship.

God’s grace and peace be yours,

Pastor Chad