During the season of Lent, the traditional thing to do is “give up” something that you value as a sign of  penance, an act of fasting, or a spiritual discipline.  This year I invite you to do something less traditional.  This year I invite you to devote yourself to asking, “Jesus, what do you want me to do?”  In fact, on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, you will be provided with a wrist band to wear (key chain for those who prefer it!).  On the wrist band will be written those very words:  “Jesus, what do you want me to do?”  The purpose of the wristband is to remind you to take 1 minute each day in Lent, to pray that prayer and then to listen for Jesus’ response.  10 seconds of praying…and 50 seconds of listening.  This spiritual exercise is essential for the Reformation of our congregation.  As you know, St. Mark’s is undergoing its own reformation.  We will be gathering resources of time, talent and treasure during the season of Lent, and from those resources, reforming our ministry.  What we will do, how we will do it, and to what extend it can be done will be a direct reflection of the response of God’s people at St. Mark’s.

So please wear the wrist band (key chain) and pray the prayer.  If you do, we will know what our LORD wants us to do and we will form a new ministry around those resources and the purposes for which we have been called together.