October/November 2020 Newsletter
Dear Members & Friends of Zion,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
During the upcoming Ash Wednesday Service on February 17, we will hear the following invitation from the Prophet Joel, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love” (Joel 2:13). With these words, our 40-day Lenten journey begins. It is a time during which we examine ourselves and honestly assess ways in which we have turned away from the God who creates, redeems, and sustains us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
God loves us and has saved us through Jesus Christ. In the midst of the tremendously challenging times in which we are living, we may forget this truly Good News. We doubt God is with us, and we worry about the present and the future. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life … But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:25, 33).
The disciplines of Lent: alms-giving, prayer, and fasting, help us turn our focus back to our Savior Jesus Christ. Fasting is not simply a giving up of certain foods, but a reorientation of our outlook. The money that we don’t spend on the food from which we’re abstaining can be put toward Christian ministry and outreach (alms-giving). Fasting can also apply to our use of time. We may reorganize our schedules; fasting from time engaged in computer games, movies, social media, etc. to spend more time in prayer and Bible study. Enclosed in this mailing is a devotional booklet to encourage prayer throughout the season of Lent.
Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Kingdom of God has broken into this world. By the Holy Spirit, Christ’s power and peace are with us as we await His return. May seeking the Kingdom of God and living within it be our priority in the weeks ahead and always.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Karin Pejack
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