Dear Members and Friends of St John-San Juan,

As we enter the Season of Lent, we turn from celebrating the birth of our Savior to contemplating his death. We are given 40 days and 40 nights in which to take a few moments to acknowledge that we are simul justus et pecator – simultaneously saints and sinners.

As forgiven and free children of God, we do not have to give up something to appease God or mortify our flesh to make ourselves worthy. Instead, we understand that God has called us to faith, claimed us as heirs, and redeems us every day. The ashes that mark us on Ash Wednesday are not a sign of our failure but instead are a sign of God’s success.

Our worship and Sunday School program for Lent will help us to share “God Stories” on topics of temptations, human suffering, perceptions, injustices, hospitality, and redemption. We begin our Lenten study with brunch and multi-generational Sunday School at 9:45 on March 10. Please join us as we walk with Jesus through these seven weeks.

May God bless you today and always,
Pr. Ellen

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