The Pastor’s Pen March, 2011

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The Pastor’s Pen

Thirty years ago Richard Dreyfuss starred in the movie “Whose Life Is it Anyway?”  A sculptor who is paralyzed from the neck down in an automobile accident, Dreyfuss’s character does not want to go on living and sues for the right to be allowed to die.  It’s a powerful and thought-provoking film that forces us to wrestle with the question raised by the movie’s title.

Almost 2000 years ago the Apostle Paul gave an answer to that same question, though it was probably not the answer that the main character in the movie would have given.  Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul said, “Do you not know that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  Paul was referring to the price Jesus paid when he gave his life for us on the cross.  Because Jesus bought us, “not with silver or gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death” (Luther’s Small Catechism), we now belong to him.

“You Are Not Your Own” will be the theme of this year’s mid-week Lenten services.   To help us reflect on this theme, we will be using a book entitled “Our Lives Are Not Our Own – Saying ‘Yes’ to God.”  Written by an ELCA clergy couple, Rochelle Melander and Harold Eppley, the book invites us to think about what it means to live as people whose lives belong to God.

The book’s chapters will serve as the basis for the message at each of our services:

March 9 (Ash Wednesday): “Introduction:  Staying on Task”

March 16: “Our Lives Are Not Our Own”

March 23: “Our Abilities Are Not Our Own”

March 30: “Our Time Is Not Our Own”

April 6: “Our Possessions Are Not Our Own”

April 13: “This World Is Not Our Own”

April 21 (Maundy Thursday): “Our Legacy Is Not Our Own”

For those who would like to be reading along, copies of the book are available in the church narthex.  (The suggested donation is $10.)

As we journey together during this Lenten season, I pray that we will grow in our understanding of what it means that we belong to Christ, and even more that our relationship with Christ will be deepened.  May we find joy in knowing that Christ’s love for us took him all the way to the cross, and that we now have the opportunity to respond to his love by living for him.

Blessings on your Lenten journey,

Pastor Selbo

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