Mark 14:40 (ESV)
And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.
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Saturday/Sunday Service Themes for Lent 2017
Sat. 5:30 p.m. Sun. 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
This year, our Sunday service themes and messages will focus around the theme, “The presence of God.” The guiding question for the theme comes from the appointed Old Testament reading for the Third Sunday in Lent, Exodus 17:1-7 – “Is the Lord among us or not?” While the original context of the question was one of anger at God, the question of God’s presence is nevertheless a good one. It is a deeply personal one as well as a doctrinal one. How is God present now in the midst of my experience? It is also a very Lutheran question! Our goal is to become more aware of God’s presence in order to embrace more fully the comfort and encouragement of the Gospel of Christ.
March 1st Ash Wednesday God’s Forgiving Presence Psalm 51
Ash Wednesday is a powerful reminder of and our sin and our mortality. God’s presence comes in his gracious forgiveness, which restores our connection to him.)
March 5th First Sun in Lent God’s Strengthening Presence Matt. 4:1-11
(Our Lord’s trials and temptations in the wilderness set the foundation for realizing God’s gracious presence in his strengthening Word. This weekend, Rev. (Retired) Dick Bruenger will be the guest preacher.)
March 12th Second Sun in Lent God’s Loving Presence John 3:1-17
(God is present in Christ with his love for us – a love most clearly realized in the cross he takes up for us.)
March 19th Third Sun in Lent God’s Spiritual Presence John 4:5-26
(Our Lord’s exchange with the woman at the well invites us to find God’s fulfilling presence through a faith relationship with Jesus.)
March 26th Fourth Sun in Lent God’s Healing Presence John 9:1-7, 13-17, 34-39
(Jesus heals a man born blind. The greater healing comes when the man sees Jesus and receives him in faith.)
April 2nd Fifth Sun in Lent God’s Living Presence John 11:1-45
(Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In the midst of death, God is nevertheless present in Christ to bring life.)
Service Themes for Lenten Midweek Services 2017
This year’s Lenten midweek services have a Reformation 500 Theme – Lutheran Spirituality. We will explore living the faith from a distinctively Lutheran perspective. Our midweek services will be on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Prior to the service, you are invited to join us for a Lenten meal. We start serving at 5:30 p.m.
March 8th Intro to Lutheran Spirituality
March 15th Law and Gospel – the heart of Lutheran Spirituality
April 5th Lutheran Spirituality – Vocation as lived spirituality
Service Themes for Holy Week and Easter 2017
April 9th Palm Sunday God’s Humble Presence Phil. 2:5-11
(On Palm Sunday we see the humble Christ honored by the people as he prepares to take up his cross at the end of the week.)
April 13th Holy Thursday God’s Sacramental Presence Matt 26:17-30
(In the bread and wine, we find the body and blood of Christ. God is present sacramentally in this enduring Passover fulfillment.)
April 14th Good Friday God’s Suffering Presence Isaiah 53
(God is present in the suffering Christ. God is present in our suffering through the presence of Christ by faith.)
April 15th Holy Saturday God’s Presence by Water Romans 6
(A service of baptismal remembrance)
April 16th Easter (Early) God’s Living Presence John 20:1-18
(The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave reveals God’s living presence among us – a presence that is realized now by faith and a presence that is yet to come fully and wholly.)
April 16th Easter (Main) Proclaim the Living Christ! Matt. 28:1-10
(The living Christ is the Church’s enduring proclamation. His resurrection assures us that his presence among us is always alive and well!)