Message from the Minister

Faithfulness, Forgiveness and our Lenten Challenge

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11

As we enter into the month of February, we are also drawing close to the season of Lent, a time of preparation before our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Different Christian traditions put a different amount of focus on the Lenten season. For some, it is a time of fasting – giving something up for the duration of the season. At St. Stephen’s, it is time for the Lenten Challenge, where we read together several books of Scripture. I am very excited to participate for the first time. We are reading the books of Hosea, Malachi, Matthew and Revelation. In each of these books, I hope you will encounter God’s faithfulness as you see the way he interacts with broken people in our broken world. I hope you will also see how God’s forgiveness enables us to forgive one another. I look forward to studying these books with you!

Our theme over Lent will be Faithfulness and Forgiveness. This year, our sermon series is going to follow the same theme and draw from the books we are reading during the Lenten season. Each week during Lent, we will discover what it means to have a faithful God who forgives us and how it relates to our own faithfulness and ability to forgive. The verse above comes from one of our Lenten books and describes Jesus as the one “called Faithful and True.” Through him we are promised justice. Revelation is rich with symbolism and has a message full of hope in an uncertain world. I hope you enjoy reading it and all of the other books selected for this year’s Challenge!