PASTOR’S LETTER March 2019

Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”

Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”

Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.” John 9:39-41, The Message

Talking about racism is hard. It often triggers knee-jerk reactions, defensiveness, anxiety of being labeled, and true pain for those for whom it is a daily reality. It’s even harder to do with our eyes closed.

Jesus came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, to open our eyes. This Lent we will explore our blind spots in conversations about race. We will seek to create new awareness and new understanding. Together we will journey to the cross in hope that as Jesus opens our eyes to our own blindness, he will also show us a path forward towards healing, forgiveness, and newness of Life

Please joins us on Wednesday evenings during Lent beginning March 6th with Ash Wednesday and following through to Holy Week. Our Lenten Wednesday worship (March 13 – April 10th) will include reflections by the pastors on their own eye-opening experiences set within the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy. This service will be preceded by a community soup supper.