Lent: God’s Gift to Us

Lent: God’s Gift to Us

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What is Lent?
Lent is mostly known in our culture as a time to give up something good; however, it’s really far more meaningful and life-giving than that! At heart, Lent is about seeing that we need forgiveness, and also experiencing God’s forgiveness. For Lutherans in particular, Lent isn’t a season of sacrifice, but rather, a gift of time by which God re-orients us: from insecure, self-centered people into forgiven, other-centered people.

Shrove Tuesday, 3/5 6:30pm – for adults & children
No matter what it’s called – Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fastnacht – this night is a celebration before the somber season of Lent begins the next day. On Tuesday night we eat pancakes for dinner and conclude the evening by burning last year’s palms from Palm Sunday to make ashes for the next day’s worship service.

Ash Wednesday, 3/6 7:30pm
We begin Lent being mindful of our mortality “You are but dust, and to dust you shall return,” and returning to God’s mercy and grace. Ashes are optional.

Mid-Week Lenten Gatherings
Come to supper, come to worship or come to both!

Light Supper is at 6:15 pm in Faith Hall; Lenten Vespers are from 7 – 7:30 pm in the sanctuary

Using candlelight vespers (Holden Evening Prayer), we look to the light of Christ to scatter the darkness in ourselves and our world.

The theme is “The Creed We Need: The Apostles’ Creed”

March 13 – Intro: God’s medicine
March 20 – The One who creates
March 27 – The One who saves us
April 3 – The One who gives us faith
April 10 – The One who makes us new

Devotion booklet: The Word in Season or Christ in Your Home
These booklets are in the Narthex year-round and offer a brief scripture verse, reflection & prayer for each day. The scripture is connected to Sunday readings and offers a way for God to re-shape us daily.

Fasting from Plastic
If you are interested in sacrificing something for Lent, please see Judy Bumpus’ article in the Social Ministry section: “Plastic-less Lent” for something we can all do to make a difference.

Pastor Ingrid Wengert

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