"Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed [Jesus]."
Dear members and friends of Our Savior,
The period of forty days preceding Easter, not counting Sundays, is called LENT. The word originally came from the Anglo/Saxon lencten, meaning spring (literally, "to lengthen" [the days]). For the Christian, from the early church until now, it has been a time to reflect on the suffering of Christ and his ultimate victory over the grave. For many, it includes fasting and prayer.
Lent is a time for Christians to take inventory. It is time to take spiritual assessment of where we are with God. Have we left him out of the picture of our day-to-day living so much that we have forgotten Him completely or only call on Him in an emergency? Or have we decided that "one of these days" we'll do what he urges us to do, but right now we're doing quite well with our own pursuits? or, is God a very present reality in our every endeavor, undergirding our attempt to move toward spiritual wholeness and health?
If we allow ourselves to do so during this special time of year, we can draw closer to God and He to us. The message of The Cross, His suffering and ours, and the inherent new life in the Resurrection will give us new resources to live for Him.
Let us gather together this Lent that we might grow in faith. Our Lenten midweek worship this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm with the Imposition of Ashes and with Holy Communion. The five Wednesdays following will offer a Service of Word and Prayer at 7:00 pm. Each Wednesday Worship will include a light supper beginning at 6:00 pm, served by the Our Savior Youth and friends.
Let us join together this Lent at Our Savior Lutheran to fellowship and focus on the sacrifice that Christ paid for our sins.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Randy Schultz
Guidelines for Meditating on The Word
Choose an appropriate time and place to meditate in which there will be complete quiet
Pray to the Holy Spirit that He would enable you to understand what you read from the Bible
Read through the given passage of Scripture 3 times in one setting
Spend at least 10 minutes pondering what you read
Answer the following questions about the passage:
Write down your thoughts so that you do not forget them and can ponder them at a later time
Pray to God about the content of the passage
Each day of the week, meditate on a phrase or sentence from the given passage.
If possible memorize it.
- What do I learn about Jesus?
- What does God want me to believe or do?
Readings for MarchMar 2-8, Matt 17:1-9
Mar 9-15, Matt 4:1-11
Mar 16-22, John 3:1-17
Mar 23-29, John 4:5-26
Mar 30-Apr 5, John 9:1-41
Apr 6-12, John 11:17-27, 38-53
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1-2)
These words recorded by St. Paul summarize and empower the theme of our spiritual growth and faith renewal effort now known as Connect to Christ: experience MORE.
At our Leadership Retreat, each director prayerfully shared his/her goal(s) for this campaign. Two themes were repeated and amplified around the table: “more” of the good things (i.e. God things) going on at Our Savior Lutheran; and “unity” of people and purpose.
Truly, we are blessed by knowing Christ and being united (connected) to Him. St. Paul names some of these blessings in the Scripture above: encouragement, comfort, fellowship, tenderness, compassion. Connected to
Christ, we experience these blessings and MORE. Look around our website and check out what MORE Christ has to give.
Spiritual renewal is the work of the Holy Spirit who connects us to Christ and thereby restores the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
Because we are “united with Christ,” we also have a connection to each other in Christ. St. Paul records that as we are “like-minded” in
Christ and as we show the “same love” as Christ, and we function as “one spirit and purpose,” then our joy is made complete.
May the Holy Spirit restore and complete our joy as we worship, serve, and grow together at Our Savior Lutheran. Let’s Connect to Christ: Experience MORE!