Dear Friends in Christ,
Lent is here again. Lent begins on March 6, which is Ash Wednesday. Lent is a special and deep time of the church year. It is a time to acknowledge our sin and our need. It is a time to face our brokenness. Most of all it is a time to focus on all that Jesus has done to redeem us from our sin and brokenness. It is a time to look to the cross, as there God works new life for us.
During Lent we add special Wednesday evening activities. That is a long tradition in the Lutheran Church; the intent is that Lent be a time of renewal in faith. I look forward to our Wednesday evening activities. I’ve always found these to be special,
fulfilling, and meaningful. It helps me on my Lenten journey. On the Wednesday evenings of Lent we will have a soup supper at 6:00, a time for congregational prayer at 6:30, and Bible Study/worship at 7:00.
We will begin our Wednesday evenings with a soup and salad supper. The idea is for you to be able to come right after work and have a simple meal at the church. There is no cost, these are always times of great food and fellowship. And of course if you can, please sign up to help with one of the suppers.
At 6:30 we will again invite those interested to come into the worship space for a time of prayer. One of our growing edges as a congregation is to get more and more people involved in praying together for our congregation and for a variety of needs. This 6:30 time is a great time for this. The gatherings are simple, no experience necessary. Please try this out. My hope for Our Saviour’s is that we grow into more and more of a people of prayer! Just a note, on the first Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we will focus the prayer time on prayers for our country.
We finish the Wednesday evenings with worship. On Ash Wednesday, March 6, we will have a traditional Ash Wednesday service. It is a solemn service as we focus on our brokenness and need for a Savior. The service will include the sharing of ashes and Holy Communion. (Be sure to come on Ash Wednesday and we will explain the significance behind the sharing of ashes!)
On the remaining Wednesdays of Lent we have some special services planned. I will begin by leading a Bible study on the Gospel of John’s account of the Passion and execution of Jesus. After the study we will have a worship time of confession, reflection, and refocus. The format for all of this will be similar to what we did on the Wednesday evening services during Advent. That worked out very well, we plan to continue with that for Lent.
So, Lent is soon here. Please plan to join us for our mid-week Lenten activities.