Lent is here, and it is time to hear about and meditate on the wondrous love God shows us as Christ makes his journey to the cross. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day season of Lent, and worship that day focuses intently on our need to realize and repent of our own sin. Along with that repentance is the assurance of forgiveness we receive in God’s Word and the Lord’s Supper.
During the season of Lent we recognize the solemnity of Christ’s passion, and we contemplate his suffering and what it means for us. We look at what Christ endured, and we say, “He did that for me!” We also avoid using the word “Alleluia” in our services during Lent, recognizing that this is a time for a more reserved joy. “Alleluia” will return with great anticipation and joy on Easter morning.
This Lenten season the Wednesday services will last 35-40 minutes (except for Ash Wednesday), and we will hold services at 4:30 and at 7:00 PM with a soup supper in between at 5:30 PM.
Sometimes attending a Wednesday service can be a challenge for our busy schedules, but I am encouraging you to think about how you can include these important celebrations of Christ’s sacrifice for us. On the Wednesdays after Ash Wednesday we will read the story of Christ’s suffering and death (selections taken from the four Gospels and combined into one reading). This will be a different focus than on the Sundays in Lent, which describe some of Christ’s victories.
Our theme for this Lenten season will be “What Wondrous Love”.
- February 13th – What Wondrous Love—In Gethsemane
- February 20th – What Wondrous Love—Before the Sanhedrin
- February 27th – What Wondrous Love—Before Pilate
- March 5th – What Wondrous Love—On the Cross
- March 12th – What Wondrous Love—In the Tomb