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    Pastor's Page - March 2017

    February 22, 2017

    One Christmas a while back Andrea took on a project making framed embroidered art that said “Live Simply.” That phrase has been in my mind lately as we turn the corner into Lent.

    It is so hard to live simply. Especially for people who have a hard time saying “no.” (me) Living simply requires that we must pare away the activities which are not of utmost importance, stop overextending ourselves, and remember our primary calling as people of God.

    As we begin our Lenten journey again, I invite you to consider the simple invitation to live simply. What might that mean for you? What might it mean for your calendar? What might it mean for your relationships?

    Jesus stands at the center of our lives inviting us to enjoy the riches of His kingdom. Living simply can begin with remembering He is the one our hearts long for.

    These words from Isaiah 58 seem especially fitting as we go into a season of fasting: 

    6     “Is not this the fast that I choose:

    jto loose the bonds of wickedness,

    to undo the straps kof the yoke,

    to let the oppressed2 go free,

    and to break every yoke?

    7     Is it not lto share your bread with the hungry

    and bring the homeless poor into your house;

    when you see the naked, to cover him,

    mand not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

    8     nThen shall your light break forth like the dawn,

    oand your healing shall spring up speedily;

    pyour righteousness shall go before you;

    qthe glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

    9     Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;

    you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ 

    God bless you this season! It is an honour to be called your pastor. 

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