From Pastor William D. Leitch

The first Sunday in March is Transfiguration Sunday.

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 in the Lord in the word and in the supper and who are being “transformed into the same image” by the Spirit of God.  (Sundays and Seasons)

Next, we begin the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday services.

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 of God 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.  (Sundays and Seasons)

Our Wednesday Lenten Services will use Holden Evening Prayer as our worship format.  The message each evening will cover one part of Luther’s Catechism.

It was the first century church’s tradition to teach new believers about the faith in Jesus Christ.  So for 40 days they would go through intense training.  Then, during Holy Week, they would be baptized.  On Good Friday, they would renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God, the forces of this world that rebel against God, and the ways of sin that draw us away from God.

On Easter Morning, the baptismal candidates would then be baptized and make the solemn oath to continue in this covenant God makes with us.

We need to remember the details of this covenant and how we have promised to live it out.  If we do not take the time to remember this in detail, we will drift off, forget about, and break the covenant with God.  It would make me sad if one would treat this covenant as if it did not matter.  Imagine how we break God’s heart when we treat our relationship with God as just a one-time event and not a life-time relationship/commitment.

 

Ash Wednesday, March 6…We will have Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 12:00 noon and 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church.

 

Lenten Evening Worship Service & Soup Supper…Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will have Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm followed by Lenten Evening Worship Service at 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church.  We will need four crocks of soup each Wednesday.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you can volunteer to bring soup.

 

Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board.  Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact.  We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church.  If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.