Lent is upon us and by the time you read this we will have already worshipped and communed together at the Lord’s Table on the second Sunday of this sacred season. How time flies! With that in mind I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you what’s around the corner as we get ever closer to Holy Week and Easter.
In our Sunday services we’ll continue our journey Calling Us Home, a Lenten and Easter series on 1 Peter. On Wednesday evening (and at noon also) we’ll walk through the streets of Jerusalem with the high priest Caiaphas. Most of you by now have attended both a Sunday and Wednesday service, so you have a pretty good idea what our journey to the cross entails. Our hope is that by Easter, we will once again sing “alleluia” to our true high priest, the risen Jesus. My personal prayer for you is Jesus will draw you closer to Himself with the result that you will love him more. What more could anyone ask?
A couple other things are: on Wednesday March 25 we’ll welcome back Yoel Ben David from Jews for Jesus. He’ll be here to tell us the importance of witnessing to Jewish people. Pastor Kevin Parviz did that as well last year at this time, but I thought a little refresher would be good. We are not having a Seder this year, so Yoel will be giving a talk during the soup supper before the evening service on the 25th. As you know already from previous guest speakers, Jews for Jesus is a very vital organization in the area of evangelism to Jews and gentiles around the world. Their speakers are of the highest quality and integrity. The costs for them to come and spend a day with us are covered, but their organization operates mainly on the giving of people like us. When you come to the evening soup supper and worship on the 25th, please bring a little extra to donate to Jews for Jesus. Someone down the line, somewhere in this world, who needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ will benefit from it. For the Lord says, “…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty…” Isaiah 55:11
During Holy Week you can expect the Maundy Thursday service at 7pm and the Good Friday Tenebrae service at 8pm as usual. For those of you who don’t drive at night, pastor Kiessling and I will have abbreviated services for you at noon in the Connect Center. And weather permitting I’ll see some of you at the Easter sunrise service in the grove at 7am, breakfast following in the church basement, and then our normal Divine Services in the sanctuary at 8:30 and 10:45 am.
May our Lord and Savior Jesus give you increased strength and hope during this season of penitential reflection as He calls us home. May His Spirit enable us all to live a godly life, help us follow His example, and walk in His steps until we shall possess the kingdom prepared for us in heaven.
In His service and yours,