Greetings children of God.
The season of Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday. If you weren’t able to attend our service last night, I encourage you to read Psalm 51:1-17. This is a prayer for cleansing and pardon, and I believe it epitomizes our faith as Lutherans and Christians.
For our midweek Lenten services, we will be using Holden Evening Prayer. Holden Evening Prayer is a much-beloved, simple Lutheran service that follows traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. It was written by Marty Haugen in 1985-86 during a musical residency at Holden Village. The service has been adopted around the world and continues to be used weekly at Holden Village in Chelan, Washington.
This liturgy will be accompanied by hearing a different monologue each week from the book, “At the Cross with Jesus,” written by Carl Rife and Harold Shaffer. “Each reading focuses on a different symbol of the cross. This series of readings attempts to relate the traditional Lenten symbols – palm branches, money bag, towel and basin, a crown of thorns and nails – to the cross. The cross itself is not just a symbol of our faith. It is the reality at the heart of our faith. The cross is the place of Jesus’ death. The cross is the place of our redemption. The cross mirrors the sin of humanity. The cross opens up God’s love to the world. The cross is the place of a most unmitigated evil. The cross is the pace of a most unalloyed good. The symbols of the cross point us to this reality.”
Our Lenten services will be broadcast via Facebook Live at 7pm every Wednesday evening during Lent. Unfortunately, Holden Evening Prayer isn’t available in a digital form so we won’t be able to post it or email it out. We hope y’all will join us for this beautiful service and that you will invite your family and friends to join us as well.
Are you feeling the desire to serve but you aren’t sure where you might best fit? That’s one of the great things about being on one of our committees is the chance to explore, learn and grow in your faith. If you try the Christian Mission and Outreach Committee and it doesn’t seem like a good fit, no worries. You are able to switch to another committee. Maybe the Christian Education Committee or the Property Committee would be a better fit. The only way you’ll know is to try them out. If anyone is interested in joining the Christian Mission and Outreach Committee, please contact Noelle Leutenegger. If anyone is interested in joining the Christian Property Committee, please contact Ken Walker. If you’d like to join the Christian Education Committee, you can contact me.
As a reminder, we’ll be having our noisy offering this Sunday morning. This will provide you with the opportunity to clean out the change cups in your truck or car and provide some much needed funding to our sister congregation in Bumila Tanzania.
Blessings on your day,
 Carl B. Rife, At the Cross with Jesus: Foreword, CSS Publishing Co., Inc., Lima, OH 2001