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 March 1
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 2017 (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)
Lenten Midweek Themes 2017 (Reformation 500) – Luther's Small Catechism
2017 marks the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In honor of that anniversary, our Midweek Lenten Series this year is built around Luther's Small Catechism. The Small Catechism was designed as a teaching tool of the faith, not just within the church but within the home. This booklet contains a simple explanation of the 10 Commandments, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Sacraments, as well as basic prayers for morning and evening at home.
March 8 Ten Commandments Exodus 34:1-9,27-28
March 15 Apostles Creed Ezekiel 36:22-32
March 22 Lord's Prayer Matthew 9:6-15
March 29 Holy Baptism Romans 6:1-14
April 5 Holy Communion 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
"Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." See you in church.