February 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

    Lent begins on Wednesday, February 13.  Lent is a season to prepare our hearts for the passion and resurrection of our Savior.  Throughout the ages, the church of Jesus Christ has observed this season as a time of increased devotion and self-reflection, as a period to engage in self-examination as we repent of our sins, and seek new life in Christ Jesus.  The days of Lent begin with the solemn worship of Ash Wednesday.  In this special service we recall our human frailty and sinfulness, looking to God for salvation in Jesus Christ.  I hope you will join us as we embark on our Lenten journey with our annual Ash Wednesday service on February 13 at 7:30 p.m.

       Since 2011, this congregation continues to observe a holy Lent by sharing in weekly Wednesday services at noon.  Members and friends are invited to come together for prayer, worship, food and fellowship.  The sanctuary is open for quiet prayer beginning at 11 a.m.  At 12 noon, a half hour worship service is offered, led by a different preacher each week.  Following the service, a light Lenten lunch is provided in fellowship hall.  You can stay to share food and conversation or take a bag lunch with you to go.

       The theme for our 2013 Lenten services is “Jesus in Jerusalem: Tough Love.”  The preaching will focus on the challenging words of Jesus during his final days in Jerusalem, passages of scripture that are often overlooked or avoided.  As we engage in Lenten self-examination and repentance, Jesus’ preaching and teaching in the days from Palm Sunday to the Last Supper invite us to seriously consider the demands of loving and serving the Lord.  The Lord Jesus, who loved us enough to lay down his life for us, calls us to a life of costly discipleship and sacrificial devotion.  For details about the Wednesday services see information below.

       May God bless you during these sacred days of devotion to respond to the love of God and God’s radical claim on your life.  May you cherish the passion and resurrection of our Savior, with greater joy and appreciation because you took the time to turn and draw near to the Lord.

 

The Peace of Christ be with you,

Rev. Peggy Ann Sauerhoff