From the Vicar

“If you live in repentance…you are walking in baptism, which not only announces this new life but also produces, begins, and exercises it…”

My parents always told me; “education is an investment.” Now, rolling up on my 8th year of higher-level education, it appears that this is one of the few things I must have heard loud and clear! And one of the things I have come to understand is, the more I learn, the less I seem to know. Yet, in having my head filled with so many complex facts and theories, I am often brought back to those things I thought I knew all along.

For example: Many Sunday School answers can start to sound the same, because it’s all about Jesus. It’s striking, then, that through such high levels of theological education, this fact holds true. The more that I have endeavored to understand the “ins” and “outs” of faith,the more I am brought back to the presence of God as he comes in the mercy and forgiveness of His only Son Jesus Christ.

“…Therefore let all Christians regard baptism as the daily garment that they are to wear all the time. Every day they should be found in faith and with its fruits, suppressing the old creature and growing up in the new…”

This is where the season of Lent leads you. It brings you back to where it all started; where the old you was drowned out, washed away, and the new you was raised up to be found only in Christ.

Yet with all the things we think we know congesting our minds and sometimes working counter to the truth, we often have to learn how to get back. Thanks be to God, that this way is so easy to find that even the little children know it by heart! “Repent and believe” (Mk 1:15).

“…As Christ, the mercy seat does not withdraw us or forbid us to return to him even though we sin, so all his treasures and gifts remain…”~Martin Luther, Large Catechism

This Lent we repent together. We learn to turn again to our Lord, living in the reminder that we are dust, and that all have sinned;while trusting in the promise of gifts given in the form of forgiveness, life and salvation.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:29).

Fides ex Auditu,

Vicar Joe