Our Lenten Journey 2018

Lent 2018

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“Little children, let us love,
not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

(1 John 3:18)

Baptism and the human spiritual journey

Worship

Ash Wednesday

February 14

12:00 Noontime Spoken Service
7:00 PM  Worship with burning of the palm fronds
(All are welcome to share in communion at the Lord’s Table)

The Weeks of Lent

This year, our focus in worship turns towards the Baptism
and what it proclaims to us about  our faith and life.
The five themes for Sunday Worship are:

Baptism and the journey of the human spirit
Baptism and the promise of God
Baptism and the breath of God
Baptized into one body
Baptized for the sake of the world

Sunday Soup

11:15 AM Weekly Soup Gathering after worship
February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18

A simple Lenten lunch with fellowship,
conversation about the weekly theme
relating to our spiritual journey

The Power of Water
Washing
Playing
Quenching
Renewing the World

Friday Noon

Simple, spoken service of communion with brief reflections on scriptural imagery related to Baptism
February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23

The Flood
The Red Sea
The Jordan River
The healing of Namaan
Water from his side

Daily Devotions

Materials for the season will be handed out at the beginning of Lent.
You can follow the devotions on the church website and our blog:
Holy Seasons

Daily Prayer

Our sanctuary will be open during the day for private prayer

Acts of Kindness

Along with worship, prayer and study, some of the important Lenten disciplines are acts of kindness and sharing with those in need. We offer these opportunities for our life together this year:

Sharing food: People are always invited to bring food and clothing donations for our partner organization, FISH, that provides assistance to people in our community in need (there is a special FISH box in the entry).  During the first Sundays in Lent, we invite you to “purchase” a “bag of groceries” – donate a bag’s worth ($20.00) – so FISH can use the funds in ways that best suit the food needs of the community.

Help for those in need: This year the donations gathered at our soup lunches and the gifts gathered through the season and brought on Maundy Thursday will be given to help the members of the congregation in Puerto Rico with whom we have a connection through some of our members.

As in other seasons of the year, donations are always welcome for our other missions and mission partners including children’s school tuition in Rwanda; the Support Network, a local domestic violence shelter; Encompass, a local ministry with the homeless; and Lutheran Mideast Development, a ministry among the Kurdish people in Turkey. All contributions will go to directly give aid to the work of these ministries.

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