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March 2006

“Are You Ready Yet?”

"Are You Ready Yet"! echoed up the staircase and down the narrow hall each Sunday morning at the Johnson home. Trying to get five boys ready for Sunday School was quite a challenge. The call came to keep us on track, as the clock ticked faster and the time to leave grew near. We always managed to sleep in just a little longer, and eat breakfast a little slower to make the tension spring turn one notch tighter in the house. Preparation was not our strong suit as kids, so Mom and Dad reminded us firmly and usually fairly that it was vitally important to be ready.

Preparation is always an important part of life. Whether you're getting ready for a test, a talk, or a trip, the prep time is crucial. So it is, even in our walk with Christ. Preparing our hearts to be ready for a word and impact of the Holy Spirit is vital.

We are reminded of this during the season of Lent, which begins this month. Lent is the 46 days before Easter that helps us proclaim, remember, and respond in gratitude and faith to Christ's atoning death and his glorious resurrection. It's this time of preparation that allows us to spend a focused time thinking about the great love that God has shown us. It's understanding and living in the verse from John 3:16,17

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

We begin our preparation with Ash Wednesday, a time to reflect on our sinfulness and the sorrow we have for those sins. Then, as we meet at the school for worship, we will be taking a "Walk to the Cross" with our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel lessons help us walk with Jesus through his life, death and resurrection. I hope you will join us each week at 10:30am.

It's truly a time to prepare to meet Jesus at the cross and at the empty tomb. I would encourage you to take extra time to dig deeper in the word, in prayer, in worship and in service. Make it a point to reach out as a person or family, to another family and to our families who are shut in. God's amazing grace is brought front and center in the time of Lent. With gratitude and praise let's get ready to meet Christ at the Cross. Then, when the question comes "Are you ready yet?", we can respond with a resounding YES!

Pastor Craig

Community Covenant Church
Pastor Craig Johnson
P.O. Box 278, Upsala, MN 56384     Church (320) 573-2672     Fax (320) 573-4172