Lent is usually a time of “giving up” in the Christian tradition – “giving up” things like meat or chocolate or bad habits. Yet Lent is also a time for living into the hope that with God, all things are truly possible. Nothing is impossible for God!
So instead of “giving up” this Lenten season, we instead have chosen to “give” to our city to light the way to a brighter future, as we seek to be a beacon of hope in the heart of the city of Columbus.
We invite our church members and friends to “GIVE” (rather than “give up”!) HOPE to each other and to our wider community for Lent, to live into the new possibilities God is providing for us, especially as we prepare for our ground-breaking work with our church growth consultant, Dr. Easum.
So as you reflect upon the tremendous opportunities God is providing for us at St. John’s, this Lenten season you are invited to find some way to GIVE HOPE to someone else – recognize someone’s effort, share a kind word of encouragement, offer a compliment, post an inspiring photo on Facebook, pledge a tithe to the church to support our ministries, make a donation to The Open Shelter.
Be creative! Even little Caroline Bush is supporting our Lenten initiative this year. We were blessed when Caroline came into the church office this week (accompanied by her dad) and promptly sat down with a sermon booklet!
Don’t want to come to the office to read a sermon booklet like Caroline? Well, then don’t miss our Lenten Sermon Talk Back after worship on Sunday at the German Village Panera with the (re)New Christians group!
This Sunday, February 21, we will continue our examination of our lectionary texts for Lent, Psalm 27 and Luke 13:31-35. My sermon is entitled “The Fox and the Hen.” Herod (Herod Antipas -- the son of Herod the Great, and executioner of John the Baptist) and Jesus are at odds. Our tension-filled Gospel text vividly symbolizes the difference between Herod and Jesus when Jesus references “a fox” and “a hen.” This will take us on a preaching journey of power vs. love as Jesus prepares for his final journey into Jerusalem.
With abundant hope for our transformative future,