The Season of Lent 2019

Lent is a time of soul-searching and repentance. It prepares us for the remembrance of Christ’s death on Good Friday and the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays in Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The 40 days of Lent recall the 40 days Jesus spent alone in the wilderness, after his baptism, without food and being challenged by the devil.

Since Lent is a season of penitence, reflection and prayer; worship during this time is more solemn and restrained. The cross is draped in purple. Songs of praise and joy are removed from the liturgy. Even a dried arrangement is placed on the altar instead of fresh flowers. This arrangement not only reminds us of Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness, but also our Lord Jesus Christ being tempted by the devil to turn stones in to bread to prove that he was the Son of God. The lifeless arrangement also symbolizes that without Christ we are spiritually dead.

The liturgical color for most of Lent is purple which symbolizes repentance and somberness. Our paraments are decorated with symbols for the Lenten Season. The Lamb with the cross signifies Christ’s suffering and His burden of bearing all of our sins. The red cloth on the cross symbolizes Christ’s blood shed on the cross to save us. The crown of thorns and nails remind us of Jesus on the cross.

The word “Lent” is not in the Bible. It is apparently derived from an ancient word which means “lengthen”. It refers to the lengthening of the daylight hours that occur from late winter to early spring. The season of Lent falls during this period of transition.

 


PLEASE ORDER EASTER LILIES BEFORE MARCH 31!

 


 

JOIN US FOR UPCOMING FISH FRIES:

Friday, March 15

Friday, April 5

Volunteer on the sign-up board in the gathering area!

 


 

ST. JOHN’S WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE THROUGH LENT:

(March 13 – April 10)

5:15-6:15pm Lent Supper is served

6:30pm Worship

7:00-7:45pm Chimes of Praise

7:15-8:15pm Pastor Paul’s Lenten book Study

7:45-8:30pm Chancel Choir

7:30-8:00pm Confirmation Class

 


 

Palm Sunday
8:00AM & 10:30AM

Maundy Thursday
6:30PM with Celebration of Communion

Good Friday
2:00PM
6:30PM

* Please note that there will be NO Saturday evening worship on the evening before Easter Sunday.

* Also, please note that there will be NO Sunday School or G.I.F.T. on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

6:30AM (sunrise worship service)

8:00AM (traditional worship service)

10:30AM (contemporary worship service)

 


SERVING

Music Leaders

March 13 – Sheryl Lindmeier, Kay Bliefernicht

March 20 – Sherryl Cobb, Dan Cobb

March 27 – Laura Nott, Jean Brown

April 3 – Sarah Johnson, Sheryl Lindmeier

April 10 – Jeff Rosnow, Laura Nott

Pianist: Ondra Williams

Usher:

Sermon Series to start May 4 & 5: Series of David

 


LENTEN WORSHIP SERIES “FORGIVENESS AS A GIFT OF GOD’S GRACE”

March 13: “The Habit of Forgiveness” Matthew 5:38-45; John 20:21-23

Hymn of the Day: Beloved, God’s Chosen, #588

March 20: “The Roots of Forgiveness” Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 18:21-22

Hymn of the Day: Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive, #605

March 27: “The Spirituality of Forgiveness” Matthew 18:21-35; John 15:9-12

Hymn of the Day: Out of the Depths I Cry to You, #600

April 3: “The Practice of Forgiveness” Psalm 32; Matthew 5:21-24

Hymn of the Day: God, When Human Bonds Are Broken, #603

April 10: “Grief, Provenance and Justice” Job 38: 1, 4-7; Luke 15:11-32

Hymn of the Day: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less, #597

 


 

 

LENTEN BOOK STUDY:

Amish Grace – How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald B. Kraybilkl, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver- Zercher

Wednesday evenings after worship, 7:15-8:15pm

Sunday evenings, (Lisowski Home)