Sunday, February 24–  Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Hope Lutheran Annual Meeting

ELCA Hunger Relief Benevolence Sunday

 

Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. Joseph lives it in Egypt. Jesus preaches it in the gospel. The Spirit guides us into merciful

lives with the power of forgiveness to reconcile what is fractured and divided. Such merciful living is the

baptismal blessing of having put on Christ. It is the gift of the life-giving Spirit. It is a reflection of the

glory of God revealed in the Christ.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 3 – Transfiguration Sunday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:45 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

 

“Shrove” Sunday Pancake Breakfast, 11:00 AM

 

Witnesses to the glory of God in the face of Jesus will be unable to avoid reflecting that glory in the world.

It was true for Moses. It was doubtless true for Peter, James, and John. We pray that it will be true of all of us who

see the glory of the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being "transformed into the same

image" by the Spirit of God.

 

 

 

Lent

 

Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Worship, 7:00 PM

 

Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the

baptismal waters of Easter. As we hear in today's readings, now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord.

During Lent the people ofGod will reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ's

 death and resurrection. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty.

What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which

we are washed in God's mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for

the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 10 – First Sunday in Lent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to

the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God's grace; to believe with the heart and

confess with the mouth the wonder of God's love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn.

 This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew.

 It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water

 and word, will uphold and sustain us.

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 13 –  First Wednesday in Lent

Soup Supper, 6:00 PM

Lenten Worship, 6:45 PM

Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:45 PM

 

Sunday, March 17 – Second Sunday in Lent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God's desire to protect and save us,

our God persists. In holy baptism, God's people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated

relationship that will endure.Lent provides the church with a time and a tradition in which to

seek the face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the

face of the Blessed One who "comes in the name of the Lord."

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 20 –  Second Wednesday in Lent

Soup Supper, 6:00 PM

Lenten Worship, 6:45 PM

Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:45 PM

 

 

 

Sunday, March 24 – Third Sunday in Lent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

Home Goods Auction & Bake Sale

Benefits AMMPARO Ministry

 

The warnings are plentiful and blunt on the third Sunday in Lent. Lent is a season of repentance.

 Cut it out or get cut down! The warnings are accompanied by God's invitation to attentiveness:

 "Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live." The landowner's

 ultimatum is forestalled by the gardener's readiness to till the ground one more year.

That is good news for all of us. Thanks be to God!

 

Wednesday, March 27 –  Third Wednesday in Lent

Soup Supper, 6:00 PM

Lenten Worship, 6:45 PM

Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:45 PM

 

Sunday, March 31 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

The psalm sets the tone this day: "Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,

 and whose sin is put away!" Happy are those who have "become the righteousness of God"

 in the merits of Christ Jesus. Happy are those for whom the forgiveness of God has "rolled away . . .

 the disgrace" of former times. Happy is the father at the return of his prodigal son.

 Happy are we that our sins are forgiven for Jesus' sake. Rejoice!

 

 

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.