Letter from the Pastor: Lent
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ:
In a matter of weeks the church season of Lent begins with an Ash Wednesday service on February 26th at 7PM. I want to encourage you to attend as we begin the season with an emphasis on inner reflection, repentance, and renewal in a service of communion. Lent is a season of hope and a time when we reflect on the meaning of the cross and engage in the struggle to help carry the cross by assuming the posture of a servant after the manner of Jesus. In the midst of daily struggles and challenges we look again to Jesus Christ “who for the joy set before him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2). Also, I invite you to a series of six Lenten Saturday Breakfasts beginning on February 29th at 9:00AM and ending on April 4th. Following each breakfast there will be a half hour program with Lenten monologues delivered by members of the church responding as a biblical character to the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross. Please make the effort to attend and sign up for the breakfasts and to hear the presentations. The worship service and celebration on Easter Sunday, April 12th will begin with baptisms. If you have not been baptized by immersion I encourage you to consider taking that important step of discipleship or, if you have been baptized, consider encouraging someone you know who has not been baptized to take that step as baptism and membership classes will begin on Sunday, February 2nd at 9:30AM. I look forward in leading the church through this final Lenten season of my ministry as I will be retiring after my last Sunday as your full-time Pastor on April 26th. Please be present for the special church business meeting immediately following the service on February 9th as you, the members of the congregation, will be voting on the slate of candidates presented to serve on the Pastoral Search Committee for a new pastor. Please be in prayer now for the leading of the Holy Spirit in this very important selection process. I have much to do and accomplish in the next three months before the baton of leadership is passed on. I am grateful to all of you, the beloved members and friends of Calvary Baptist Church, who have been like family to us over these last 18 plus years. I am thankful to God for all of you. Each of you, in his or her own way, has been living out the Apostle Paul’s instruction of what it means to be church when he wrote in Romans 12:10- 16:
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Also, in the words of scripture, may you continue to “always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is never in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
To God be the glory! Yours in Christ, Pastor Mardy