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SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:15 am
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SUNDAY SCHOOL: Students in Sunday School today explore the story “Jesus Clears the Temple.” Jesus’ cleansing of the temple carries a twofold message for the Jews and for us: first, that the true Lord of the temple was here in the flesh and, second and more important, that Jesus is the true temple, who houses and perfects us, raising our bodies to be like His. Parents could ask, “Why did Jesus clear the temple? How is Jesus our temple?”
SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS: We are reading through the New Testament Book of Hebrews. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall at 9:15AM.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS 10 am: Our Bible study is on Ephesians. Please join us!
“Taking On Something for Lent: Luther's Small Catechism”
Midweek Lenten Sermon Series 2015
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Join us for supper prior to services from 5:30-6:30 pm
|3/18||Rev. David Knuth
Our Redeemer, Jacksonville
|This I Believe:
The Apostle's Creed – 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
|3/25||Rev. Brian Lesemann
St. John's, Bath,
|It is Finished: Apostles’ Creed, The Second Article – John 19:28-30|
What Is Lent?
Lent is a forty-day liturgical season that is preparation for the most sacred part of the Christian year–Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on the Saturday just before Easter, the Great Vigil of Easter. Sundays are not included in the forty-day count because every Sunday is a joyful celebration of our Lord's resurrection. During Lent, Christians meditate with awe and thanksgiving on the great paschal mystery – the salvation God offers to us sinners through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Some people ask, “Why does lent last forty days?” It was customary in many ancient Christian communities to require a forty-day period of fasting, discipline, and study for candidates who were to be baptized on the evening before Easter. While no one knows for sure why forty days became the norm, it was probably meant to recall Christ's forty-day ordeal in the wilderness during which He prayed, fasted, and was tempted by Satan (see Matthew 4:1-11).
Another question that is often asked is,”What is Ash Wednesday?” Ash Wednesday (from the Latin Dies Cinerum, meaning "Day of Ashes") is the first day of Lent. On this day, Christians focus intensely on their utter and complete sinfulness and the necessity of Christ's suffering and death to earn their salvation. Ashes are referred to many times in the Old Testament as a sign of sorrow, mourning, repentance, and mortality (see 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1-3; Job 42:6; and Jeremiah 6:26). Many churches use ashes during Ash Wednesday worship as part of a rite called the Imposition of Ashes. According to this ancient custom, ashes are mixed with a small amount of olive oil and applied to the forehead of each worshiper with the words from Scripture "You are dust, and to dust you will return." This mark, in the sign of a cross, is a powerful reminder of our depraved and sinful nature and total dependence on God for forgiveness and salvation.
So, what is the season of Lent really about? For some Christians, the coming of Lent means preparing for some kind of fasting. These fasts typically take the form of abstaining from all or certain kinds of food on a particular day. In place of a food fast, some Christians commit to give up a pleasurable activity or take on some kind of charitable work or other added discipline. Our Lord recommends the Lenten disciplines of helping the needy, prayer, and fasting in Matthew 6:1-18. If Christians choose to "give up" something for Lent as a way to witness to the world the salvation Christ won for us by His suffering and death on the cross, then it is a commendable discipline that should be encouraged. However, it is essential to remember that nothing we do through fasting, self-denial, or good works can ever earn God's forgiveness or "pay Him back" for what He accomplished for us. Lent is not about our giving up something to please God. Lent is about what Christ gave up to pay the penalty for our sins–His life!
Slide Show for Dedication Sunday for the New Church!
October 19, 8:00 and 10:30 am.
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CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW CHURCH
Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 12th, 2015, for the Zone 7 LLL Rally. It will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown beginning at 6:00 PM. A dinner with two meat choices, side dishes, desserts, beverages will be provided for the price of a Rally Ticket. The pastor or representatives for your church will sell the tickets for $12.50 each. Checks can be made payable to LLL Zone 7. Reverend CHUCK OLANDER of Zion Lutheran Church in New Holland, IL will be our guest speaker for the evening.
The Altar Guild is asking for your help in providing Easter flowers for our church sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 5. Orders will be received in the church office. Flowers to be offered include: Lilies ($10), Tulips ($10 red, yellow, pink, or lavender), Azaleas ($20 red), Hydrangeas ($25 blue, pink).
Please have your notes to the church office by noon each Wednesday.
Scrip is a fantastic way for you to earn money for our church and school by doing nothing more than making your regular retail purchases. You purchase a gift card to a participating retailer, and the Scrip Center gives us a percentage of the face value of the card. It doesn't get much easier than that! Orders may be left in the SCHOOL OFFICE. Thank you for your continued support of this PTL sponsored program.
Market Day pick up is the third Thursday of the month, from 5:15-6:00 PM in the Annex, Order forms are available in the Annex, school and church offices, and in the church narthex. Internet orders are to be placed online at www.marketday.com.
Please consider contributing to our food bank by indicating For Food Bank.
booklets that were distributed at the All Church Fellowship Picnic are available in the narthex. Feel free to pick one up for yourself and take one to share.