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For Sunday 26 March 2017


As we gather for worship on the fourth Sunday in Lent, our readings use the contrast between darkness and light, blindness and sight to illustrate the condition of humanity in sin. By nature we are all spiritually blind—unable to understand or even see spiritual things. Christ Jesus is presented as the physician who comes to restore our sight and enlighten us to God’s gracious and glorious blessings. The Old Testament and Gospel readings, however, also warn us lest we too turn away from the light, refuse the healing Christ brings, and thereby bring upon ourselves God’s wrath and judgment. That is why in this Lenten season He invites us yet again: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).


2017 Midweek Lenten Worship


On 1 March the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday.  Our solemn worship on this day will include both the imposition of ashes and the Lord’s Supper.  Our use of ashes follows a biblical understanding of ashes as a sign of our mortality and of repentance.  This is evidenced in the words spoken as the ashes are imposed:  “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (cf. Ge. 3:19).  Thus worshippers who choose to receive ashes acknowledge that God’s judgment against sin is just and right.  Because the ashes are imposed in the form of the cross though—the very instrument by which our Lord took upon himself the punishment for our sin, in our place—they also serve to remind us that Christ died for our sin, a wonderful truth reinforced in the absolution that follows. 

Our midweek services will again focus Luther’s Catechism, this year the Fifth Chief Part:  Confession and the Office of the Keys.  As Luther wrote:  “[Though I am] a doctor and preacher . . . yet I act as a child who is being taught the catechism.  Every morning—and whenever I have time—I read and say, word for word, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Psalms, and such.  I must still read and study them daily.  Yet I cannot master the catechism as I wish” (L.C., Longer Preface, 7).


Forgiveness of Sins - the Purpose of Confession

and the Office of the Keys


Midweek Lenten Worship - 7:00 p.m., Hymn-sing of Lenten hymns - 6:45 p.m.



22 March         Midweek 4          The Office of the Keys

                                                         John 20:19-23       


29 March         Midweek 5          Receiving Forgiveness

                                                         Numbers 21:4-9


  5 April            Midweek 6          What to Confess

                                                                  1 Peter 2:11-3:7


Please join with us in these special opportunities for worship to hear and reflect on your Savior’s Passion for your salvation.




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