Dear Friends in Christ,

Lent is here again. Lent began on Feb. 26 with Ash Wednesday, we are now in our Lenten journey. 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 enjoy 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 begin our Wednesday evenings with a soup 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.

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!

We finish the Wednesday evenings with worship. We have some special services planned. I will begin each evening by leading a study on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. The Small Catechism is one of the great resources we have as Lutherans; it is an incredible teaching tool. We will work our way through the various sections of the booklet. 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 here. Please plan to join us for our mid-week Lenten activities.

God Bless,
Pastor Mark

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