A prayer for God’s grace and blessings to you on the last Sunday in February and the 2nd Sunday in Lent. It was a good week for us and the Diocese as we had our annual Council remotely. We discussed our faith and what it means to be true evangelists – ones who tell the real story of God’s presence in their lives. Things had looked pretty good on Thursday for heat, but this morning dawned with a cold worship space yet again. But the temperature could not deter our worship. May your Lenten journey be filled with God’s guidance and grace.

In worship we heard stories of the faith of our predecessors and the reminders of God’s presence in the unchangeable truth of God’s Word, Jesus. Our faith comes not by nurturing it, but by uncovering the faith already present. In our Genesis reading we heard the story of Abram who becomes Abraham and the promise of God’s blessings, including a son. The Psalmist reminds us that God is King and cares for those who are poor and struggling. Our reading from Mark’s gospel reminds us that all who believe must “take up their cross” and be faithful to their calling by Jesus.

Our sermon today focused on Paul’s letter to the Romans. He spoke to the church in Rome about the faith of Abraham. He reminded the church that the blessing from God was not found in following rules or regulations. Rather, the blessing comes from their living into the truth God has offered them in relationship. And not because they are faithful per se, but that they have faith inside trying to be revealed.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Video of worship: https://youtu.be/efzmpG6iV50

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