Monday, February 16

Lent Begins

Dear Friends,
        At the heart of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ.  On one side of this event and it's remembrance are the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's passage from death to life.  On the other side are the 50 days of Easter, a time of proclaiming and rejoicing in our redemption.  Right in the middle of it all is Holy Week including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, days in which our attention is riveted on Christ's death and resurrection.  The entire 90 days is best seen as a whole viewed from two sides, from the cross and the empty tomb, each incomplete without the other.  Listed below is a schedule of Lenten observances in the weeks ahead: 

Ash Wednesday Worship – This Wednesday February 18

Noon Time Devotion –
A brief service of scripture, reflection, confession, and imposition of ashes.  This is an opportunity for spiritual preparation and reflection in the middle of a work day.  This is also a good worship opportunity for seniors who do not venture out at night and pre-school parents and grandparents transporting children.

7:30 PM –
Worship with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion – including music from our choir and liturgy to prepare us for the 40 days ahead. 

Midweek Lenten Series 2015 (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)

"CHANGES IN DAILY LIVING"

Some changes mark gradual transitions in our lives while others happen in the blink of an eye, separating the way we look at our lives as "before" and "after."  Some changes we choose while others are forced upon us.  In this Lenten season, we will look for God's hand in the challenges and changes of our lives. 



February 25           "Change of Season"                            Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 & Luke 13:18-21   

March 4                 "Change of Habit"                               Luke 6:46-49

March 11               "Change of Circumstances"               1 Thessalonians 5:12-24,Luke 12:22-34

March 18               "Change of Heart"                               Ezekiel 36:22-38

March 25               "Change of Plans"                               Isaiah 52:13-15, Mark 10:32-34

"Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love."  See you in church.

Peace,

Pastor Mueller
                  







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