Pastor's Pen February 2013

Questions and Answers, or as it is now printed, Q & A, plays an important part of our society. We ask ques-tions for many different reasons. We might want to go someplace and we need directions. We cannot find something in a store and so we look for a clerk to cut down on our hunting time. If unsure of a tax problem, we call up a financial consultant to guide us through a form to advise on what number to input.
Recently I attended a dinner party with some friends and while we were sitting around many questions were asked. What was the last book you read? What was the last movie you saw? What are your personal dreams for 2013? What is your hope for the church? The questions sparked lively conversation and enabled the partici-pants to reflect and to listen to one another.
Jesus asked many questions to those around him, such as, “Who do people say that I am?” “Where is your faith?” “What do you want me to do for you?” ‘You of little faith, “Why are you so afraid?”’ These questions are still so prevalent in our day and age. We may not have the answer on the tip of our tongue yet we are asked the question to discover and realize who we are and how we are all members of the body of Christ.
The Advent and Christmas seasons of the Church year are now over and one of the questions I have is, “What events, hymns, or messages were meaningful for you and helped strengthen your faith?” I would love to hear from you if you would like to share your response over a cup of coffee or tea, by email or over the phone.
We are soon preparing ourselves for Lent and a question we might want to engage during this season of the church year is, “Where is God guiding me in my life - personally, my family, at school or at work, at St. Paul’s - and how am I willing to respond?” Use the Lenten season to allow God to guide you in your faith. Keep asking the questions and listen to the answers.

God’s peace be with you.
Pastor Jeff