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Pastor’s Page - March 2015 “LENT IS…”
Lent is many things to many people. Lenten sermons and midweek services
cover many themes and topics throughout the years. But certain messages always
stay the same. To enhance your journey throughout these 40 days, the following
are some daily reminders of Lent intended to be read each day of the week and
(Monday) Lent is a Reminder of Baptism
As Christians, we worship the one true God, who constantly invites our
“yes” to His gift of abundant life. Baptism ushers this to us as Christ
brings us into His death and resurrection. Lent, as a reminder of baptism, is a
foretaste of the resurrection, and it leaves us hungering for life in all its
fullness. The gift of the Spirit, poured out in Baptism and sealed at
Confirmation, guides us in our journey to fullness of life through the
sacraments and seasons. What does Christ’s Body and Blood mean to you in
Lent? How does that meaning differ from other church seasons?
(Tuesday) Lent is a Lengthening of Days
With the lengthening of winter’s days we find ourselves contemplating the
journey through Lent to Easter. The growing hours of daylight remind us of the
resurrection’s light, Christ’s light, which our crucified and risen Lord
shares time and time again in the sacraments, as well as in day-to-day
encounters. What will you do with an extra hour of sunshine as winter comes to
(Wednesday) Lent is a Time for a Change of
Lent gives us time to consider our responses to Jesus’ command to love God
and our neighbor. Our Lenten prayer then becomes one of repentance for sin,
which fails to meet the demands of generosity. We all fall short. We ask not
only for a change of heart, but a new heart and a right spirit--a spirit that
is again at peace in Christ--that God would restore in us the heart of Christ,
enlivened in us in Baptism. Consider Jesus’ command--how will your love for
your neighbor today be a living reminder of God’s love for you?
(Thursday) Lent is Your Life and Mine, Hidden With
Lent is a season of grace that invites us to fast from what distracts us, if
only to recognize that only God can fulfill our deepest longings. Lent invites
us to engage in generosity and works of mercy towards our suffering and needy
brothers and sisters. Lent reminds us that our truest self lies hidden with
Christ in God, and that in Christ we are one Body. How will you be generous
tomorrow with what you’ve been blessed with today?
(Friday) Lent is a Time for Renewing our Trust
The resurrection experience of Jesus tells us that in Him, we can trust that
the Father will raise us up in the power of the Spirit from the small deaths we
so often seem to undergo during Lent, so that we might joyfully celebrate the
fullness of life that is our inheritance through Baptism, at Easter. What small
deaths has God raised you from in your life? This week? Today?
(Excerpted and edited from a Circuit Pastor’s Bible Study prepared by Rev.
Rev. John Wilman
2015 LENTEN AND HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
for St. John Lutheran Church, Forest and St. Paul Lutheran
Church, Deer Park THEME: “The Seven-Point Salvation Outline.”
- DATE & TIME PLACE SERVICE WEEKLY THEME
- Mar 4 - 7 pm St. Paul’s 2nd Midweek Lent “God Punishes Sin”
- Mar 11 - 7 pm St. John’s 3rd Midweek Lent “Jesus Took Our
Punishment” Rom. 5:8
- Mar 18 - 7 pm St. Paul’s 4th Midweek Lent “Jesus Rose From the
Dead” 1 Cor 15:3-4
- Mar 25 - 7 pm St. John’s 5th midweek Lent “Jesus Offers
Forgiveness” Acts 16:30-31
- Mar 29 - 8 am St. John’s Palm Sunday “Salvation is Free”
- Mar 29 - 9:30 am St. Paul’s Palm Sunday “Salvation is Free”
- (Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services)
- Apr 2 - 7 pm St. Paul’s Maundy Thursday Holy Communion will be
- Apr 3 - 7 pm St. John’s Good Friday Tenebrae Vesper Service
- Apr 5 - 8 am St. John’s Easter Holy Communion will be celebrated
- Apr 5 - 9:30 am St. Paul’s Easter Holy Communion will be
BAPTIZED AT ST. PAUL’S: Jace David Golden, 7-month-old
son of Meghan and Jacob Golden of Deer Park, was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran
Church on Sunday, Feb. 22. Meghan was also baptized, and both were received
into membership at St. Paul’s.
JOINT WORSHIP & MEETING MARCH 22: A joint
worship service of St. John and St. Paul Lutheran churches will be held on
Sunday, March 22 at St. John’s in Forest at 9 AM. Following worship, a joint
meeting will be held to discuss the Five-Year Plan in preparation of calling a
seminary candidate pastor. Following the meeting, a potluck lunch will be held.
There will be no Sunday school or services at St. Paul’s on that day.
THANK YOU to the Ladies Aid members for donating
to and hosting the Valentine’s Dinner at St. Paul’s and to those who
SOUP AND SANDWICH SUPPERS will be held at St. Paul’s on
March 4 and 18 at 6 pm prior to the joint Lenten worship service. All are
invited to a free-will offering meal.
Pastor John Wilman, of St. Paul Lutheran Church, speaks at
Deer Park's Memorial Day 2012 observance at Calvary Cemetery. The video is 7
minutes 40 seconds long and includes the entire message.