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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me.”
(Psalm 51:10)

“The psalms show tremendous variation, reflecting the many personalities who contributed their poems and prayers…yet readers have found an inner consistency…different books telling a single story”. (Excerpts taken from the Introduction to the Psalms found on page 552 of the NRSV Student Bible.)

Not to suggest that Life Together is in the realm of the Psalms and the poets and writers who contributed over centuries to its creation. But it is inspiring to think that in a small way the contributors to this and every edition of Life Together – be they named, anonymous or captured in the scenes – each are crafting a page to a rich and ongoing story which is St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

And SJMC is of course much more than the cover photo building dedicated October 11, 1936; however, this church congregation has been a spine that has bound together the members and community into a “hymnbook” of songs and stories since its foundation in the village a century ago. I would draw you to the historian’s reference (pg. 10) to sign-out a copy of our church history, I Will Build My Church from our church library.
At this time of Lent we are drawn to assess our priorities, to sacrifice and to begin anew. This varied edition of Life Together captures snapshots and stories of sabbatical renewal, new beginnings with new families and new adventures for youth, stories of giving and receiving through service, mission, food, prayer, and sewing machines.

This edition (pages 4 and 5) also calls each of us to reflect deeply toward our Christian formation: individually and corporately. These two pages (goals) are not a quick read, and nor should it be. It will require you to revisit the read; so don’t set aside this edition of LT too soon. Important to note: All the (cropped) visual artwork images, separating the goals categories, are from our worship banners, church logo and displays that form part of our worship to God together. Thank you to those gifted artists among us.

We hope you find this a compelling read and enjoy each song and story within. Did you know SJMC has newsletter roots dating back to 1967 and literary roots even before that? (Check out the very top tagline of this column.) This is our shared congregational work of storytelling and we thank all those who contribute to its making in 2015 and to all those who have gone before and inspired the steadfast tradition. Thanks be to God!

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