February 2017

Post date: Jan 30, 2017 7:8:14 PM

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Usually in February the snow melts away and we can actually have some beautiful calm days before something starts blowing in March. To be sure, it’s still winter, but by February we are usually through with the worst of the cold and snow. We start to see some hopeful signs of spring. I’m already seeing robins while out walking the dog. And there is that wonderful nationwide cry for catchers and pitchers to report for practice, which means the Mariners and the major league will soon start playing baseball.

In the church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany during the month of February. Easter is later this year, not until April 16th. This means that Lent does not start until March 1st, Ash Wednesday. And this means that we have more Sundays in the season of Epiphany this year. In fact, during the whole month of February we are in the Epiphany season: the season of light and understanding . Through it all shines our Savior Jesus, the light of the world.

On Sunday, February 5th Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. On Sunday, February 12th Jesus calls us to practice the higher righteousness of God’s Law, even to the point of being reconciled to a brother or sister with whom we are angry before we offer our gifts at the altar of the Lord. On Sunday, February 19th Jesus challenges us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. On the last Sunday in Epiphany, February 26th, we celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is transfigured on the mountaintop before his disciples. His divine glory shines through his earthly body as God’s voice from heaven declares, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

And then Ash Wednesday comes on March 1st and we begin the forty days of following our Savior Jesus to his cross, grave and finally, his glorious resurrection.

May the peace and light of Jesus be with you this February,

Pastor Dennis