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“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.“             Isaiah 55:10-11

As I write this article, it is another snowy day in Wisconsin. I was recently reminded in a blog how these days of snow and cold, while inconvenient for daily life, force a time of respite and renewal. The meetings, classes, and events of daily life get cancelled for physical safety’s sake, and then in return we receive a time of rest for the safety of our mind, body and soul. In fact, the extremely cold day awhile back was exactly that for my children and I. School was off, I stayed home (and told Karen, from the office, to stay home too) and we ended up playing games together, watching a movie, cooking and spending time together that we wouldn’t otherwise have done. And it was ok – the world didn’t end, everything picked up again the next day (for some of us, my kids got another day off school), and life went on. Another thing these kinds of days create is community. I remember a year when we had a blizzard and the next day was indeed a slowdown day – but it also became a day of community for our neighborhood. Neighbors who mainly just wave to one another, were outside helping one another shovel snow, plow driveways, dig out cars and in the process get to know one another a bit better. These are all God moments – times when we pay closer attention to one another and are forced to just slow down a bit. A Sabbath if you will.

Another type of Sabbath is coming up – Lent. I say Sabbath because the effort of coming to Wednesday night Simple Supper and worship creates a space of community and slow down that renews us. I am excited for our Lenten theme “We Are Church Together”. I got the idea from the Greater Milwaukee Synod video by the same name that featured the ministries and staff of the synod. I thought it would be a great way for Trinity to get reacquainted with the ministries that are done right here in South-eastern Wisconsin. Ministries of which we are a part because we send benevolence funds for these very ministries.

Bishop Paul Erickson will be here to kick-off our series. I have greatly appreciated the leadership of Bishop Erickson and the staff at the synod office as they have committed themselves to walking with congregations and leaders who are in transition and who are trying to figure out what it means to be church in this changing world. So, I’m glad he can be with us and also the other pastors and leaders that are listed here in the Tidings. So please plan to join us for these Lenten evenings – not as another thing to do, but as a space to be together, to learn about the ministry we all do together and maybe to hear a call from God to get more involved in a particular ministry.

See you there.

Blessings, Pastor Denise

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