The Season of Lent

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THE LENTEN SEASON begins on February 13th with Ash Wednesday Worship at 7:00 p.m., preceded by our Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m. Traditionally, Lent was the forty day period (not including Sundays which are resurrection celebrations) prior to Easter when Baptismal candidates prepared for their entrance into the Church through Holy Baptism. It is also a penitential season when our attention is focused on Christ’s passion, suffering and death. Therefore, the Church has taken advantage of the serious mood of this season for people to devote more time to growing in their faith through midweek worship.

Peace Lutheran will again offer this opportunity. On Ash Wednesday, we will use the traditional Imposition of Ashes on our foreheads as we are reminded of our own mortality; “From dust you came, and to dust you shall return.” Death is the consequence of sin. But the ashes are in the form of the cross, assuring us of the salvation Jesus earned for us through his suffering and crucifixion. The service will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

The following five Wednesday night worship services will be more informal, using prayer and meditation as our theme. The services will consist of hymns, with the congregation choosing some of their favorite hymns in the Lutheran Book of Worship, psalms, prayers, and a pastoral message on prayer with open discussion and congregational participation. Lenten offerings will go to LCMC Shalom Ministries to counsel and advise churches and pastors.

At 6:00 p.m., prior to worship, there will be a time of fellowship as we share a hearty meal of a variety of soups. You are invited to sign up to bring a favorite soup to share, or bread, crackers, beverage, or light desert to go with the soups. This is a great time to get acquainted with people you don’t know well while you share a meal together.

Please join us for these Wednesday nights, and give your faith and personal devotional life an inspirational boost! You’ll be glad you did!

Pastor Kurt Wandrey