The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self -control; against such there is no law.” Jesus reminds us of the most important commandment that guides us in life and decision making: “The Lord your God is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment than these.” (Mark 12:30-31) In Jesus we see God. In Jesus, we see the living attributes of God himself demonstrated through his life, death, and resurrection. The time of Lent gives a pervasive picture of these scriptures lived out. The words of God come to life in the person of Jesus. In every sense of the word, they are counter cultural. Our congregation is counter cultural in the polemics of political ideologies. We stand for what is right, and good, and true because we are followers of Jesus who was the Son of God. All that we do, we do in love as Jesus fully and completely illustrated as he journeyed toward Jerusalem. It was there he would complete his Father’s plan to redeem all people everywhere and for every time. God bought us back from the hands of everlasting death by paying for our sins as the sacrificial lamb pouring out his righteous blood on the altar of Golgotha. God’s perfect plan with his perfect Son for a perfect redemption for eternity. This is why we Love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves! This why we share the fruit of the Spirit as best we can even when others are ignorant or deceitful, or blasphemous, or faithless. This is what we believers at Long Lake Lutheran Church stand for and why we worship the One True Everlasting Almighty God and his Son and Savior Jesus Christ our Lord!