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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 10

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 2016 (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)
 
BY FAITH
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."




February 17          The Faith of Noah                            Genesis 6:16-22, 9:8-15 & Hebrews 11:1&7

February 24          The Faith of Abraham                       Genesis 12:1-9, Hebrews 11:1, 8-22

March 2                 The Faith of Moses                         Exodus 17:1-7, Hebrews 11:1, 23-27

March 9                 The Faith of the Israelites                 Hebrews11:1, 32-40

March 16              Jesus, Perfecter of our Faith              Hebrews 12:1-2

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

Peace,


Pastor Mueller
                  








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