Associate Pastor

Pastor Dave has office hours on Wednesday mornings, and is available Fridays by appointment.  He preaches and presides one Sunday each month.

“We are called to do more than give up something during these 40 days.”

February 22, 2019

"An Invitation to a Meaningful Lenten Journey” Each year when this time of year rolls around my thoughts turn from the long winter months to the season of Lent. It may seem strange, but each year I passionately look forward to this season. It is a time to pause, to reflect, and to think about how I can renew myself spiritually. As Christians, we are called to do more than simply “give up” something during these 40 days and say we have done enough for the season. Sure, there is no problem letting go of that bit of chocolate, the Big Mac, or the occasional glass of wine. There is no problem with putting down our phones, turning off the TV, or going off of social media for a time of sabbath.

However, the question becomes, are the things we choose to give up truly sacrificial? Are the things that we are “giving up” truly separating us from our relationship with God? Or are the things that we are giving up helping us build relationship with God? For that is the true meaning of Lent - a sacrificial journey to the cross along side of Christ.

How do we take each day as a step towards the shadow of the cross? How during each of these 40 Days do we take time to shed off a little more of our sin and live in a little more of God’s grace? How do we internally find meaning during this season, and how do we then share the experience of our journey with others? During these 40 Days of Lent there are many opportunities to aid you in your sacrificial journey here at St. Paul’s. First, I heartily invite and encourage you to take in the practice of Ash Wednesday.

From that point, I invite you to make a commitment to attend all of your choice of Sunday worship services leading up to Holy Week. And in between I invite you to be a part of our early morning Wednesday Lent prayer services, our Wednesday evening soup and study times, and I invite you to join our adult Christian education group on Sunday mornings where we will be studying the ancient practices of Lent together along with sharing in weekly Lenten Devotions.

In closing, I leave you with this blessing, and invitation: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. Amen.”

~ The Book of Common Prayer

May this enhance your Lenten journey, and blessings on your way to the cross,

Pastor Dave