The Reverend Alvin Shrum, Pastor
Dear Family and Friends of St. Johannes!
Spring has arrived, flowers and trees are in blossom, warmer temperatures fill the days, and most importantly – we celebrate NEW and RENEWED LIFE because JESUS LIVES! As we continue through Lent and prepare for Holy Week, let us look forward to the Easter celebration with anticipation and thanksgiving. Our “alleluias” are not far away!
With that being said, we must remember every day that we fight the good fight of faith by drowning the “old Adam” that tries to tempt and lead us astray. We are to keep our eyes focused upon Jesus and call upon His holy name to overcome the temptation to sin.
With the Holy Spirit in us, we have God’s presence to help us deal more
responsibility with sin and temptation in order to celebrate the victory our Lord has made possible through His death and resurrection.
Remembering that we are children of the heavenly Father, we not only receive forgiveness but we extend forgiveness to others who offend us. None of us is perfect and we all offend people at various times.
But, we are to remember that before we are quick to judge, we must first look to the cross… because this is where forgiveness for our sin is found. The blood of Jesus washes away our offensive sins and also washes away the offensive sins of others. Humility, gratitude and forgiveness are words of the cross!
So, to celebrate NEW and RENEWED LIFE through the victory of JESUS LIVES, we are called upon by God to live that new and renewed life with one another in a simple yet complicated four letter word – LOVE! “Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus said. This is what Jesus modeled; are we called to do anything less?
So as we journey through the remainder of Lent and embark on Holy Week, may we look forward to the Easter celebration of victory over sin, death, and the devil.
May this be a time for each of us to return to Lord and experience the benefits of his mercy and grace that facilitates our new and renewed life in the resurrected Christ who died and is now risen that we too may live, forgive and serve with joy!
Graced with God’s presence through his sheltering wings, I look forward to
worshiping with you each Sunday!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Alvin Shrum