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From the pastor....

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry weary land where there is no water.
-- Psalm 63:1

The dictionary definition of Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter, a season observed by the Christian Church as a time of penitence and fasting. It is a somber and sober time of waiting, a time of self-reflection and confession.
However, the beginning of Psalm 63 strikes another Lenten chord, one of longing. Longing to feel a strong desire or craving, especially for something not likely or difficult to attain.
Things that I long for:
I long for people of different faiths to find a sense of cooperationa and togetherness.
I long for people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to be in the same room doing things together and talking.
I long for understanding and connection between genders, a place where there is no such thing as sexual abuse. The desire is for a situation where one gender does not have an upper hand on another.
I long for people not to go hungry.
I long for community.
I long for relationships.
I long for our church to be church together.
I long for life in our church where we embrace our anxieties around money.
I long for good worship. I crave the worship in which we are not looking at our watches, but are just taking in our experience of God together. I seek the time with our church community, and those visiting us, when we are surprised by what God has in store for us gathered in that time and place.
In what ways do you long for God?
For what do you long?

Pastor Victor McKusik
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