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When I wake every morning, I am grateful for the pure gift of God’s new day and the grace of God’s abundance throughout my life. Each of us has our own way of responding to God’s love and abundance, and this is a window into mine. Since childhood, my journey has included and always been enriched by intentional immersion into the changes in the seasons of the liturgical (church year) calendar, engaging almost all of whatever may be recommended by design. Oddly, I become enthusiastic about what lies ahead, much like a little child in a candy store or preparing for a vacation, excursion, or big event. (Just ask my family and friends!)

Now we move from commemorating the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ to the forty-day season of Lent before Holy Week and Easter. We receive another way to ponder how we will journey with Jesus, something I know each of us will do so as uniquely as we are created.

Episcopal Christians are invited to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial, reading and meditating on God's holy Word, and by sacrificing time, talent, and treasures to the glory of God. We are called to increased presence for Sunday and weekday worship and formation offerings (time), sharing talents to support the work of parish ministry areas (talents), and investing our financial resources (treasures) to benefit the daily operations, worship, music, programs, and events of GSL, all in the name of the One who is our Hope.

It is my prayer that Lent 2019 will be a transformational season in our common life at GSL, namely because of how we might respond to God’s abundance and journey with Jesus.

Godspeed and blessings as we try,

– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector





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