Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one in whom we live, move, and have our being. Amen.

The season of Lent is here. During this holy season, in our preparation for the joy of Easter, we will hear stories from scripture about wandering, about searching, and about the faith that carries us through these times. We listen to stories about the Hebrews’ journey in the wilderness. We listen to the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the only home they ever knew. We will hear the hear the story of the dried-up bones of Israel, living exiled in a foreign land. We will listen to the story of Abraham who, in faith, left his home to follow the promise of God. Along with theses stories, we want to meditate on Jesus’ words from Matthew 8:20:

“Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Stories like these are often so distant from many of our own experiences. We can be amazed by what we hear, and, yet, still not fully understand what it means to wander, to not go home, and to feel as though you have nowhere to lay your head. This is why we invite you into the spiritual practice of listening this Lent. In particular, we invite you to listen to stories of immigrants. During our Wednesday night Lenten worship, we will listen to the experiences and hopes and fears of immigrants from right here in Rochester in the hope that their stories will be a blessing to us, that in their telling we may listen to God in new ways.

In these politically charged times–where many people from podiums to protest marches turn a deaf ear to what the other is saying–we need to prayerfully listen to God and to our neighbors, so that we might be servants we are called to be. Join us as we listen together.

Pastor Charlie & Pastor Carl-Eric