Ash Wednesday Worship: March 1
Ash Wednesday is on March 1 and we will gather together for worship at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. For many people, this worship service is one of their favorites of the whole church year. As part of the worship service, the will pastor mark the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross. This act echoes the ancient Near Eastern tradition of throwing ashes over one's head to signify repentance before God, as related in the Bible. This worship service also includes prayers around the cross, candle lighting, confession, music and scripture. Please join us for this penitential and solemn service as a way of marking the beginning of the season of Lent. We encourage you to make the Ash Wednesday worship service part of your Lenten practice.
Lent Soup Suppers and Worship:
We will gather each Thursday evening, March 9 – April 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Community Hall for supper and worship. Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex (back of church) to help bring food and/or set up and clean up.
The year 2017 marks the international observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In honor of that anniversary, this midweek Lenten series 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 in the home. Luther intended for the home to be the place where faith was first shared and taught. To that end he created the Small Catechism—a simple explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments. He included basic prayers for morning and evening, and suggested ways to worship, praise, and revere God during each part of our day.
Each Thursday evening we will look at a different part of the Small Catechism in midst of the ever popular Holden Evening Prayer Service. Our free will offering will go to benefit the Ailanga Junior Seminary in Tanzania where three of our members are going this summer.
“Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent 2017”
Please pick up your FREE Lenten Devotional book in the narthex (back of church) for your use during the whole season of Lent. It’s a great devotional book that starts on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and goes through Easter Sunday, April 15. This book goes nicely with our mid-week Lent services as they both focus on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Each day features an image, part of the small catechism with a point to ponder, a devotional reading and a prayer.
Sunday worship in Lent
Please plan to be with us every Sunday from March 5 through April 9 for a 6 week drama series during the worship service focusing on the book of Jonah. Each week is a continuation of the week before that it will be helpful to not miss one. We are also working on a puppet show series for Kids Time – so stay tune for that!
Daylight Savings Time begins
Please remember that Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Before you go to bed on Saturday night please set your clocks ahead one hour. Adult Forum & Confirmation class begin at 9:00, Sunday School at 9:30 and worship begins at 10:30 am.