Message from Ian Clark                  Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

Dear friends, 

Imagine having someone in your life who continuously did things to betray your trust. Now imagine that this person came to you after each transgression and begged for your forgiveness. How would you react? If you're like me, you'd likely offer forgiveness a few times. But if the pattern continued, it would become increasingly difficult to forgive.
 
Isn't it odd, then, that in our relationship with God we expect a different standard? We continuously do things which stray from God's will. And each week in worship, we prayerfully go to God in confession and ask God for forgiveness. But the difference is that God continuously forgives us. Each week we rightfully leave with the assurance that God has pardoned us.
 
Perhaps this doesn't shock us because we are accustomed to the idea that God demonstrates extravagant forgiveness : no sin is too great for God's forgiveness, and no matter how many times we err, God is always there to offer forgiveness. We might continuously stumble, but God continuously stands ready to forgive. If anything could be rightfully characterized as "good news," this is it.
 
But here's where things get difficult: in our two Scripture readings for this week, Christ calls on us to practice this sort of forgiveness in our own lives as well. Apparently God takes this whole "on earth as it is in heaven" stuff pretty seriously!
 
Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series, "The Four Sides of Forgiveness." Together, we will explore how we can better model God's forgiveness in our own lives.  
 
I look forward to worshiping with you.
 
Yours in Christ,

Ian

Ian is a pastoral resident at Covenant. In this role, he leads Covenant's Young Adult Ministries and supports our wider adult education offerings, among other pastoral responsibilities. The two-year residency program is one of the ways that Covenant helps to nurture and develop young clergy.
 
Ian is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the PCUSA in May 2018. An officer in the US Navy, he hopes to serve as a naval chaplain upon completion of the residency program. He and his wife, Kaitlin, were married in June!


 
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