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Message From Pastor Gordon

posted Feb 22, 2017, 3:18 PM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 4:15 PM by Carolyn Isch ]

Each year the church calendar sets aside 40 days (plus Sundays) to hear again the story of the last week of Jesus’ life. This Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Week. For centuries Lent has been a time of humility, repentance, self-denial, and soul searching as one draws closer to the Passion of Christ. Various churches have developed different traditions to observe the Lenten Season, and many individuals observe Lent by making it a time of self-sacrifice or renewed spiritual discipline. At St. Paul’s we continue the tradition of having additional weekly worship services on Wednesday evenings.

Easter is Sunday April 16th this year so Lent begins Wednesday March 1st. That day we will have our traditional Ash Wednesday worship services with Holy Communion, along with the Imposition of Ashes. Services will be at 5:30 and 7PM. A lenten supper will be served at 6PM each night. Each week a different serving group provides the meal.

This year marks the international observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To honor Martin Luther and this anniversary, our midweek Lenten series will focus on Luther’s Small Catechism. Luther wrote this book to be used not just in church, but also in the home. Luther’s intention was that the faith be first shared and taught at home. He created the Small Catechism as a simple explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments.

Each Wednesday of Lent we will learn more about the faith, Luther’s way. During worship we will have readings, which draw our attention to a portion of the Small Catechism. You may bring your Small Catechism with you to church on Wednesday nights. Or you can bring your Free Indeed devotional book. The Daily Text devotional also includes the Small Catechism. Each night there will be a meditation on a portion of the Small Catechism.

During worship on Wednesday nights you will receive a handout. Included in the handout will be a dialogue shared each week before the message. You will have two or three questions on the handout for conversation. My hope is for us to engage in a conversation with our neighbors in worship about the topic for the night. This sharing time has been a rich experience the past couple of years. We might also get acquainted with a new person!

Join us each Wednesday evenings for worship, fellowship, and a meal. As we take time to reflect on how God’s unconditional love has made a difference each of our lives.

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