Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Midweek Moment-Lent Retreat Reflections

Last Saturday our congregation celebrated our first ever Lent Retreat. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. The Warren Willis Camp was a great place to gather to worship, get to know one another, and have fun. We had people from all three services (8:00, 9:30 and 11). We had staff and we had congregants. We had young (Josiah Landstedt: 6 months old), and we had old (we won’t name names); and we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit with us.

We were placed into eight different flocks and each one of us chose our name and our sheep call. We had The Fluffs, The Fluffy tails, The Wanderers, The Wooly Whites, The Lambs of the Lord, The Mutton Chops, The Ewe-nighted, and The Fab 5. We spend the day reflecting on the I Am sayings of Jesus. We laughed, walked around the camp and enjoyed the lake, the sun, and the energy of the little ones. It felt like “togetherness.”

Some sat through the scavenger hunt, some ran in a limitless flow of energy (Elsa Landstedt). We experienced the ONE-ness of the Spirit because of the Spirit of Christ among us. It is the Spirit that brings us together. It is the Spirit that reminds us of the truths of Christ: I am the gate, I am the Vine, I am the light of the world, I am the Resurrection, and I am the bread of life. It is the Spirit that makes us ONE church.

We were tired at the end, some went home and napped, but we knew we had been part of something that cannot be bought. Don’t miss out on next year’s Lent Retreat, March 3, 2018.

Have a Great Week!

Pastor Loida

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