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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday Reminders

Lent is soon upon us! This year the season between Christmas and Lent is short, as Easter comes rather early, on April 1. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, which is only 3 weeks from today.

My thinking for this year's preparation for Easter focuses on "Journeys". I intend the weekly Lenten worship services to center on Jesus' and the disciple's journey in ministry by following the book of Mark as it tells the story of their lives together. I suspect an outline will look something like this:

February 14 Ash Wednesday Traditional Focus: Piety

February 22 Lent 1, Focus: Mark 1-3

February 28 Lent 2, Focus: Mark 4-5

March 7 Lent 3, Focus: Mark 6-9

March 14 Lent 4, Focus: Mark 10-14

March 21 Lent 5, Focus: Mark 15-16

March 29 Maundy Thursday, Traditional Focus: Command to Love

March 30 Good Friday, Traditional Focus: Passion of John

April 1 Easter Sunday, Resurrection Celebration

In addition I will be offering a Bible Study on the big Old Testament Journeys at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoons beginning on February 22. Tentatively we will look at the Journey into the World (Creation), the Journey of Noah and his family, the Journey of Abraham and Sarah, the Journey of Jacob, and the Journey of Joseph and his family.

A life of faith is always a journey. I am reminded of this in the words of the following prayer made familiar in the LBW Evening Prayer Service:

"Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.

"Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool
                      7:00 pm             SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am   Worship services
                    10:00 am              Congregational vote on 2018 Budget

Sunday, January 28th
Congregational meeting and vote on 2018 Budget
Please plan to attend this important meeting between worship services.

February 10 at 5:00 pm
Dinner and Silent Auction
If you haven't purchased your tickets please do so after worship.