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“Let’s Take A Walk Together”
One way Judy and I get exercise is by taking walks together when we have the opportunity. We walk around the neighborhood. We have a long route, a short route, and we have the ability to shorten the long route and make it a medium length route. Not only are the walks we take good for our health, but they offer us a great opportunity for uninterrupted conversation. Sometimes our conversation is more cerebral than others, but we are always better off as a couple because we took that walk together.

During the season of Lent we have the opportunity to walk together as a congregational family towards the cross of our Lord. The Sunday Gospel readings are taking us towards Jerusalem, and during Holy Week we will arrive there in that city with Jesus and the disciples. Our Wednesday evening services are designed to present us with a model of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and then help us learn how to achieve that designation. We will be exploring how the original twelve disciples were formed through a process that we know as “apprenticeship.” Those first disciples were apprentices of Jesus for three years, and then they were out on their own with the gospel and opportunities to share that gospel with the world. They were able to do this and accomplish what they did only because they were apprentices of Jesus. But because they had learned at the feet of the Master, they accomplished great things in this world as they shared what they had learned. Everywhere they walked they gathered others around them and shared the story of God’s love and gift of a Savior.

I hope you will allow the gift of the Lenten season to be your invitation to join with your friends and brothers and sisters in Christ as we take a walk together towards the cross and then on to an empty tomb. Let’s walk together in such a way that not only are we encouraged and uplifted by each other but also we are together in ways that help us spend time learning to be better disciples of our Lord by becoming his apprentices. Let’s join together in worship and conversation that will be good for our spiritual health as we exercise our minds and souls.

Don’t forget our mid-week services will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM and are preceded by a light supper beginning at 6:15 PM. I hope and pray that you will join with me as we take a walk together through the Lenten season, arriving together at an empty tomb and knowing for certain that Jesus is not there, for he has been resurrected. Let’s walk together as we consider our apprenticeship to Jesus, keeping in mind this verse from the scriptures:

“But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15 NAB)
Come join me and let’s take a walk together.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Butler +