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“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” To the disciples, this commandment was new. But for us, it’s one that we’ve heard countless times. On this Maundy Thursday, pause and reconsider those words, especially in the light of this week’s tragic fire at Notre Dame in Paris.

This Season of Lent and this journey of sacrifice, prayer and reflection that we embarked on nearly 30 days ago is coming to a close. 

Every journey begins with one step. For Jesus, it was a step into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. It was a journey filled with sacrifice, prayer and reflection. We honor it by embarking on our own journeys each Lent.

When I received the call to IPC four years ago, I made a promise to serve as senior pastor here for five years. In keeping that promise, I informed the Session last Tuesday night that my final day at IPC will be August 31, 2020.

Flowers are starting to bloom. We are experiencing warmer and sunnier days intermittently. There’s also a shift in seasons here at IPC.