31 January 2016

February Newsletter Article

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In a few short days, the season of Epiphany will come to a close and the liturgical season of Lent will begin. I am one of those people who finds the season of Lent to be an annual challenge and blessing – it is a time in the church for heightened awareness about our sin, God’s mercy, and the life of Jesus in which that mercy overcame that sin.

As always, I encourage you to consider taking up a discipline this Lenten season. Spiritual disciplines are not a means of “proving” how much we can give up or take up to impress God. The word discipline is rooted in the word disciple – in Greek, it means “student” or “follower.” All spiritual disciplines are meant to be a means by which we learn about our Savior and follow our Lord where the Holy Spirit is leading us.

In particular, I invite you to join in our joint Wednesday evening activities with Bergen Lutheran Church. Our theme this year is “Open My Life, Lord” – every week we come before God asking for a different part of our being to be opened and transformed by God, for God’s purposes, in this world God has made. You can see the schedule, themes, and speakers – mark your calendars and make it a point to join your fellow followers for meals, worship, and fellowship this year.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Scott

Lent 2016
February 10: Ash Wednesday
Worship with Holy Communion
and Imposition of Ashes

Open My Life, Lord
A Lenten worship series of sense and soul.
Meal begins at 5:30pm
Worship 6:30pm

February 17: Open My Eyes, Lord
Pastor Scott Alan Johnson

February 24: Open My Hands, Lord
St. Petri Lutheran Church
Pastor Adam Starrett

March 2: Open My Ears, Lord
Bergen Lutheran Church
Pastor Scott Alan Johnson

March 9:  Open My Heart, Lord
St. Petri Lutheran Church
Pastor Adam Starrett

March 16:  Open My Life, Lord
Bergen Lutheran Church
Kristin Johnson, Associate in Ministry

Maundy Thursday Worship
March 24 – Bergen Lutheran Church – 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Worship
March 25 – Bergen Lutheran Church – 7:00 p.m.

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