Pastor’s Message

Reaching Out from

Grand Lake Community Chapel

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the beautiful weather over the past few days, and let us be glad in the ongoing outbreak of spring in our area!  There are signs of new life everywhere, as patches of green are showing up in our lawns, buds are peeking out from their long winter’s nap, and the songs of birds fill the early morning air.  God’s amazing Creation is awakening to new possibilities; the good news is that new possibilities are on the horizon for each one of us as well!

This coming Sunday, we will welcome Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, our voices raised with shouts of “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Even though we know that the week that follows, Holy Week, will be filled with pain and despair, we also know that without Christ’s Passion there can be no salvation; no renewal of our covenant relationship with God.  As we near the end of our Lenten journeys, let’s take a few minutes and look back over the weeks that have passed, and look forward to the mere handful of days before the great celebration of Easter morning.  We hope that Lent has given you time and space to grow closer to God; we hope that you’ve prayed often, kept silent and listened frequently, and taken stock of your spiritual health regularly.  We hope that you’ve studied a bit, and been challenged by what you’ve learned.  We trust that you’ve been kind to yourself, and to others, as you’ve given yourself over to the leadings of the Holy Spirit.  And we hope that you’re fully prepared to join with believers all around the world in accepting the hope and the promise of the Resurrection of our Lord!  Our sins are forgiven, the world is made new, and we are empowered to go forth and spread the Good News of the Gospel!  We have the opportunity, in the words of former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to “fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”  In other words, let’s proclaim the Gospel, live the Gospel, and share the Gospel with love and compassion – not whack others over the head with it… We’re about to receive an incredible gift, an eternal gift; let’s share it joyfully and lovingly.

Blessings as you travel your Lenten journey!

Karen and Greg 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1 John 4:7-8

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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