Pastor Russ Norris
What did you do last summer? A minister I know took his wife on a 1,000 mile pilgrimage across southern France to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Since the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrims have followed the road that leads from the French city of Lyon to Spain and the tomb of the Apostle James. It is simply referred to as “le chemin, el camino, the way”.
We may not be excited by the idea of backpacking on a religious pilgrimage like my friend and his wife, but you and I are also on a pilgrimage; we too are followers of “the Way”. Jesus himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by me.”
During these six weeks of Lent, we are fellow pilgrims
on the way that leads to Jerusalem and the cross.
Like most journeys, our pilgrimage means leaving some
things behind as we look forward to what lies ahead. Our
congregation has a new emphasis on worship,
music and education. There is a yearning for a deeper
spirituality among us.
We have been working diligently to make our worship more engaging, and to introduce music that is both uplifting and easy to sing. We will also introduce a new Adult Class in March that will meet on Sundays after church. Our first topics will be “What is worship?” and “Why do we worship the way we do?” If you have an idea for a future Adult Class topic, see me after church any Sunday.
And speaking of church, I urge you to take advantage of the opportunities we have for deepening our faith: Sunday worship, Wednesday noon Bible study, and the Wednesday evening soup supper and worship. Faith is a living thing that needs to be nurtured and fed. We all need to come together around Word and Sacrament on Sunday morning. That is where we will find the food we need for our journey as together we follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross.
I hope to see you in church this Sunday!
Pastor Russ Norris