Welcome to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Red Wing,
Who is welcome here at St. Paul's?
If you are Asian, Hispanic, Black or White; If you are male or female or transgender; If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old; If you've never stepped foot in a church or if you are Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, agnostic, or are a lifelong Lutheran; If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered; If you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer; If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, or not registered to vote; If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, regrets, or a criminal record; If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless; If you are fully-abled, disabled, or a person of differing abilites ~
All of this March is contained in the Church Season of Lent, a season within the church for self-reflection and penitence. For centuries, many Christians have given up something for Lent, such as desserts, candies, recreations, etc., to remind them to be humble in remembrance. The two difficulties with giving up things for Lent are (1) it can lead to self-righteousness or (2) it can cause a forgetfulness that this is all a remembrance of what has occurred in the past - we live in a perpetual state of Easter! As this season of Lent is in a season of pandemic, we might be wise this year to give something, rather than to give up something.