A note from Vicar Adam
Each year before the Oscars award ceremony my wife and some of our friends attempt to watch as many of the nominated films as we can. It makes watching the Oscars an event that we feel a part of and it also allows us to keep up to date on some of the most interesting and thought-provoking films each year. This year, I saw many of the nominated films, and one of the themes that continued to pop up was the idea of community. In many of these movies the idea of relying on a family or group of friends was front and center. And some focused on those hurtful effects of not having a group to rely on.

The movie that stood out to me in a very personal way this year was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now before you dismiss this as just an animated kid’s movie (which it is), let me explain a little of why I loved it so much. First, I’ve been a fan of super-heroes for a very long time, although many super-hero movies are not very good. Second, the music and animation were really fun in this movie. But most of all, among its important themes, including taking risks, this movie focused on how important it is to have people in our lives who understand us on a deeper level. It is important to know that there are people in our lives who really understand the joys and sorrows that we go through each day. Our family and friends make a real difference.

As Christians we believe that God knows what it is to be human, because God became a human in the person of Jesus. As we enter into Lent, with our focus on preparing ourselves for the death and resurrection of Christ, we often take a look at the ways we have fallen short of what God hopes for our lives. But know that Lent is not just about how we have sinned, or missed the mark. Lent is also recognizing the one who knows our pain, our hurts, and our failings, and has set us free through his death and resurrection. Jesus knows our deepest hurts. God knows our pain, because Jesus has been there.

So first in Lent, remember that God understands whatever you are going through, and continues to love you. Second, as we remember that we are dust and to dust we will return, take a moment to look up from your prayers in worship and look around at all the other people of dust who walk with you. In our gathered community, we share each other’s joys and pains. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12:26: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”

As we walk through Lent together, keep an eye out for those around you who you can rely on. Keep an eye out for those who can rely on you. Share each other’s burdens. Rejoice with each other’s joy. And know that in Lent we all are preparing and remembering to continually rely on God in Christ who understands us so very deeply.

Thanks God, for knowing me, and walking with me. Amen.

Vicar Adam Arends

Read the Bible in a year

March 21
Numbers 32:1-33:39
Luke 4:31-5:11
Psalm 64:1-10
Proverbs 11:22 

March 22
Numbers 33:40-35:34
Luke 5:12-28
Psalm 65:1-13
Proverbs 11:23 

March 23
Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46
Luke 5:29-6:11
Psalm 66:1-20
Proverbs 11:24-26 

March 24
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29
Luke 6:12-38
Psalm 67:1-7
Proverbs 11:27 

March 25
Deuteronomy 4:1-49
Luke 6:39-7:10
Psalm 68:1-18
Proverbs 11:28 

March 26
Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25
Luke 7:11-35
Psalm 68:19-35
Proverbs 11:29-31 

March 27
Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20
Luke 7:36-8:3
Psalm 69:1-18
Proverbs 12:1 

March 28
Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22
Luke 8:4-21
Psalm 69:19-36
Proverbs 12:2-3 

March 29
Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32
Luke 8:22-39
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 12:4 

March 30
Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23
Luke 8:40-9:6
Psalm 71:1-24
Proverbs 12:5-7 

March 31
Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
Luke 9:7-27
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 12:8-9

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March 11
Numbers 15:17-16:40
Mark 15:1-47
Psalm 54:1-7
Proverbs 11:5-6 

March 12
Numbers 16:41-18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7 

March 13
Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8 

March 14
Numbers 21:1-22:20
Luke 1:26-56
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 11:9-11 

March 15
Numbers 22:21-23:30
Luke 1:57-80
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 11:12-13 

March 16
Numbers 24:1-25:18
Luke 2:1-35
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 11:14 

March 17
Numbers 26:1-51
Luke 2:36-52
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 11:15 

March 18
Numbers 26:52-28:15
Luke 3:1-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 11:16-17 

March 19
Numbers 28:16-29:40
Luke 3:23-38
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 11:18-19 

March 20
Numbers 30:1-31:54
Luke 4:1-30
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 11:20-21 

3/10/19 - Who Are You?

3/3/19 - I Love to Tell the Story

2/24/19 - What is the Bible?

2/17/19 - Calzone & Cheesecake

2/10/19  - Bishop ELCA Upstate NY Synod

2/3/19 - Love

1/27/19 - You are a part of the body of Christ

1/13/19 - What Is Your Label?

1/6/19 - Light of Christ

12/24/18 - Christmas Eve

12/23/18 - Vicar Arends Christmas Pageant

12/16/18 - Advent 3 - Joy

12/9/18 - Christmas Is Coming

12/2/18 - Advent 1 - Are you ready for Christmas?

11/25/18 - What Is Truth

11/18/18 - Stones In Your Life

11/11/18 - Pastor Steve Biegner

11/4/18 - All Saints Day

10/28/18 - Communion..You Are Mine

10/21/18 - Feline Behavior Specialist

10/14/18 - Worry

10/7/18 - What Kind of Future

9/30/18 - Jesus Is Guiding Us

9/23/18 - Make your life count

9/16/18 - Tipping Point

9/9/18 - Healing Faith

9/2/18 - Why are you here?

8/19/18 - We Need Bread

8/5/18 - Change

7/29/18 - Miracles

7/22/18 - 23rd Psalm

7/15/18 - Love God. Love Neighbor.

7/8/18 - Neighborhood Food Drive

7/1/18 - Compassion & Mercy

6/24/18 - Lanny Repman

6/17/18 - We Walk by Faith

6/10/18 - Where Are You?

6/3/18 - Rule Keeper - Rule Bender

5/27/18 - Holy Trinity

​​5/20/18 - Penticost

5/13/18 - Unity

5/6/18 - Amazing Joy

4/29/18 - Love Never Fails

4/1/18 - Easter

3/25/18 - Palm Sunday

3/11/18 - Good News

3/4/18 - Rebuild This Temple

2/25/18 - Follow The Leader

2/18/18 - In The Wilderness

2/11/18 - Transfiguration Sunday

2/4/18 - How Are You Feeling?

1/28/18 - Trust God

1/21/18 - The Present Form is Passing Away

1/14/2018 - Come and See

1/7/18 - Epiphany - Happy New Year

12/24/17 - Christmas Eve

12/10/17 - Advent Week 2

12/3/17 - Advent Week 1

11/26/17 - What Are You Waiting For?

11/19/17 - Thanksgiving

11/12/17 - Stay Awake

11/5/17 - Blest Are They

10/29/17 - Reformation & Give Thanks

10/22/17 - Give To God What Is God's

10/15/17 - Rejoice

10/8/17 -Turn Our Existence Into Joy

10/1/17 - U-Turn

9/24/17 - Do You Compare?

9/17/17 - Forgive


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