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March/April 2020

4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who
are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.    –Romans 12:4-5
 
Lent has begun and we are called to gather together in Christ for the sake of the world. We are called to practice our Christianity throughout our lives – making God’s Kingdom a Kin-dom that brings abundant life to all. I’m sure you’ve got all that under control, right? Maybe not, if we’re honest, probably not. There are a couple of reasons for that though, one of which is our own brokenness; we’re just never going to get it all right one hundred percent of the time. It’s true, you know it, I know it, and God knows it as well. This is why we have the body of Christ to lean on and maybe lean into in our lives.

A quick reminder, one way we understand the body of Christ is the church. The church (the called, gathered, enlightened, and sanctified body of people who come together in prayer, praise and thanksgiving) is the body of Christ in the world today. You are a part of that body. You are an important part. You are just one part. So when you fail, some other part of the body will pick you up. When you fail, some other part of the body will succeed.  When you are out there in the world filled with the power of the Holy Spirit making the lives of people better, spreading the Gospel, feeding the hungry, healing the sick or whatever it is the Spirit calls you to do – you are doing it as part of that same body of Christ.

During Lent we are given an opportunity to practice being the body of Christ is a deliberate and focused way that goes beyond what we do at other times during the year. As we focus on Christ’s journey toward the cross during worship we are called to find opportunities to practice those basic things that Christians have done for hundreds of years: prayer, fasting, and acts of true charity.  Each of these are things that we will probably never get perfect, but we keep practicing, not for ourselves, but because they help us be better Christians in the world. They help us be better parts of the body of Christ.

 
-Pastor Chris
 
PS – If you’re looking for some help finding ways to practice your Christianity this lent, check out these resources by clicking on each link:
 
Sarah Bessey’s “40 Simple Practices for Lent”
 
The Lutheran World Federation’s “Together on the Way of the Cross”
 
ELCA World Hunger’s “40 Days of Giving Calendar”
 
ELCA World Hunger’s weekly email subscription
 
Free Children’s Devotional “Don’t Forget to Pray (before sleeping, eating, or flushing)!”

Free Family Devotional “Lions, and Camels, and Goats! Oh My!”

Luther Seminary’s Devotional “Jesus, Keep me Near the Cross”

Ecumenical Lenten Devotional “Set Free By Truth”
 
Busted Halo’s “InstaLent Creative Photo Challenge"


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