Lenten Plans - February 14

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:00 PM

Lenten Schedule – Starting February 14

The Lenten Season (which is the 40 fasting / self-examination days before Easter, not counting Sundays) begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. The theme for this year's Lenten Services is Jesus' “I Am” statements in the Gospel of John. Through these bold statements, we will come to know Jesus (who he is and what he has done) more fully. The Lenten sermon schedule is listed below:

DATE        JOHN          I AM

2/14           15:01-11        the True Vine

2/21           14:01-11        the Way, the Truth & the Life

2/28           11:17-44        the Resurrection & the Life

3/06           10:11-18        the Good Shepherd

3/13           10:01-10        the Gate

3/20           09:01-41        the Light of the World

During Lent, we are vividly reminded of Jesus' Sacrificial death. As Phil. 2:5-8, states, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!

Through Jesus' sacrificial death, our (that is everyone who places their faith in Jesus) sins are forgiven, and we are made right with God, as Eph. 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

We make this special point to lift up Jesus' Sacrifice for three reasons. First, to call all people, Christians and non-Christians, to face their sins (Confess them), and to change their ways from wrong to right (Repent of their sins). Second, to call those who have never invited Jesus Christ into their lives, to do so now (by Faith, trusting in Jesus to truly forgive their sins). And Third, to call us to actively follow Jesus (live a good life for Him by the power of the Holy Spirit), and serve Jesus (build His Church by the power of the Holy Spirit, using our abilities to bring others to Christ and meet their needs).

Therefore, these Lenten services are really a Crusade for Christ, kind of like a Billy-Graham Crusade. So, I encourage you, young and old, to come. And I encourage you to invite you relatives, neighbors, school friends, and coworkers to come. For (Rev. 22 :17), “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Christ’s blessings to you and your family;

Pastor Darrell


Lenten Meals

Due to the low turn out for our Potluck Lenten meals last year, our Council has decided to have only 3 Lenten meals - those hosted by: the Council on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14th; the Z-Team on Wednesday, Feb. 21st; and the Sisters-in-Faith on Maundy Thursday, March 28th

The Lenten meals are at 6:00 pm, and the Lenten Service is at 7:00 pm.

DATE        HOST

2/14           Council

2/21           Z-Team

3/28           Sisters-in-Faith