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February 26, 2023 message: “Called to Renounce”

This is the first week in our Lenten/Easter series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Pastor Mary’s messages will focus on one baptismal vow and readings from the Gospels of John and Matthew.

This week’s baptismal vow: “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?”

What does it mean for people to renounce Satan and all his works? As the start of Lent, we encounter the temptation of Jesus and claim God’s call to make the same renunciations as a first step of discipleship – and live as those who have done so – trusting most fully in God rather than ourselves, our leaders, or our plans. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Matthew 4: 1-11.

The 9:00 and 11:00 am services are available in their entirety on YouTube.