Dear Members and Friends of Crescentville UMC,                                                         

“When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem”
                                                                                                                                          (St. Luke 9:51)

As I sit here to write, it is still January, the first month of what is still a new year. And as you who have
made resolutions as part of your looking forward to making changes and improvements in your life
this year, 2020, I will simply ask, How’s it going? Have you been able to keep up with the promises
you made to yourself, or God, or someone else?

As Jesus was constantly in the moment, living in the fullness of God’s will, it’s interesting how Luke
describes His “resoluteness” in this verse from the 9th chapter. At this point, Jesus seems to
somehow be even more aware of His purpose for coming to earth, and upon this further realization,
Luke tells us how Jesus “set His face to go to Jerusalem.” I hope you who made resolutions will have
the strength during this whole year to see them through.

This verse is also an important one as we will begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on
February 26. This verse about Jesus facing resolutely His suffering and death is a reminder of us
needing to resolutely die to ourselves and allow the life of the resurrected Christ to lead us to be more
like Him.

I am glad to tell you that I expect to venture with you through the season of Lent as well as celebrate
Easter with you. I recently learned that the timetable for my stem-cell transplant will be spaced out
between now and after Easter. The doctor suggested this pace as I am doing well and this will allow a
more manageable time of preparation for this procedure sometime in late April or early May.

Thank you all who have continued to pray for me. Just knowing of your prayers gives me a great lift
and enables me to stay resolute in my fight against cancer.

I want Jesus to walk with me. I want Jesus to walk with me.
All along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Let’s continue to walk together, knowing Jesus walks with us…

Pastor Randy M Brubaker