Wednesdays, February 14 – March 21
Join us for dinner at 6:00pm and worship at 7:00pm as we journey through Lent to Easter! Invite someone to come with you!
Lenten Message Series
Lent is the journey with Jesus where He will face the cross and the grave for our sake. Any journey home begins, of course, away from home. There is great joy on the way as we see our journey home coming closer and closer. Each leg of our journey reminds us of where we have been and focuses our eyes on the cross and empty tomb which have opened the gate of everlasting life. Along the way, we are strengthened by the reality of joy that we do not walk this way alone.
February 14 (Ash Wednesday): Heart to Heart: Sackcloth and Ashes to Robes of Righteousness
Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:12-19
New Testament Reading: Revelation 7:9-14
Today we begin our Lenten journey. It begins with ashes on our foreheads, a sign of broken and repentant hearts. God does not desire our sacrifices, as if we could atone for or cover our own sin. God desires broken and contrite hearts which He will not despise. Sackcloth and ashes: the signs of mourning and repentance in the pages of Scripture. God responds to the ashes of our repentance by sending Jesus. Through the cross, Jesus has washed us from the ash of sin and removed the sackcloth of our guilt and clothed us in His robes of righteousness and garments of salvation.
NOTE: A special Italian Dinner will be served for Valentine’s Day!
February 21: Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 3:22-24
New Testament Reading: Revelation 22:1-5
Gardens are places of beauty. Gardens are places of rest. Gardens are places that bring joy to our hearts as we walk through their midst. The Garden of Eden was such a place, a place of beauty and perfection, a place of joy and peace, but man could not resist temptation and the result was a view of the beautiful garden from the outside. No more joy, no more peace; only pain and sorrow, sweat and tears. Today our journey is from the Garden of Eden — from which we have been exiled —to an even more beautiful garden, the garden of everlasting life. This will not be an easy journey. There will be much stumbling and falling, many bumps and bruises; after all, the world has been infested by sin and all the hazards that go with that reality. It is a difficult journey, but one that has been taken first by our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Because He has first made the journey and suffered all in our place, the gates of the new, heavenly garden stand open before us. No more tears, no more sorrow; this garden is our place of perfect rest, of joy and peace.
February 28: Mountain to Mountain: Mount Moriah to Mount Zion
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 22:1-8
New Testament Reading: John 3:13-17
Today we journey from mountain to mountain. Mountains are amazing and awe-inspiring, but to journey through them or to climb them is no easy task. When Abraham saw Mount Moriah he was not inspired, nor was he amazed. His heart was filled with fear and dread for on this mountain he was supposed to provide a sacrifice — the sacrifice of his son. It was a difficult mountain to climb. Later, Mount Moriah becomes Mount Zion where the Jerusalem temple was built. On this mountain, the LORD God will provide. God rescues Isaac from the knife of Abraham in order that God might provide another sacrifice, a perfect Lamb without blemish or spot. Even though Jesus was sacrificed on Mount Calvary, His blood was brought to the Holy of Holies in the temple and sprinkled for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. It was a difficult mountain for Jesus to climb; but His journey to that mountain leads us to the mountain of the new Zion — to heaven.
March 7: Through the Water
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 14:13-31
New Testament Reading: Mark 1:9-13
How do you escape from a bad situation? Where do you turn when you are surrounded by brutality, slavery and death? It is God who leads us on the journey out of this slavery to sin and death, and where does He take us? To water — to the banks of the Red Sea, to the Jordan River, or . . . to the baptismal font. There we are set free. The bondage of sin and death, the claws of Satan no longer hold us, for we have passed through the water. These are the waters of death for our enemies, but they are the waters of life for us. The enemy of our old Adam is drowned in these waters, but the new Adam comes up to new life. We have been rescued from the enemy by the waters, and we have been made the children of God.
March 14: Tree to Tree: The Tree of Life to the Cross
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:22-24
New Testament Reading: John 3: 14-15
God created man and woman, and they began their journey in the garden. In the midst of that Garden of Eden were two trees more beautiful than the rest. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life — what joy for the man and woman to come to these trees and worship God, giving thanks for His good and gracious gifts. But one day there was an unwelcome visitor to their worship service: Satan. He had things to say, things which seemed wise. They were lies, but the man and woman listened and sin came. Adam and Eve were exiled from the garden and from the tree of life. How they longed to return to the garden and the beautiful tree, and God promised that He would lead the way. Jesus Christ leads us from one garden to the next and from one tree to the tree of life in the courts of heaven. It is a hard and treacherous journey for our Leader, and it required a stop at another tree: THE CROSS. The evil Satan, who used a tree to bring sin into world, was conquered by another tree, and our sin was washed away.
March 21: Death to Resurrection: The Wilderness to the Promised Land
Old Testament Reading: Joshua 3:1-6
New Testament Reading: Matthew 3:13; 4:1-2
A journey through a desolate place causes concern. In the midst of a desert, we wonder if we have enough water and food. In the middle of a drive across the wilderness of the Western Plains, we repeatedly check the fuel gauge. We know that death awaits the unprepared in the wilds and woolies. Indeed, the wilderness has always been considered a place of death and separation, a place of exile from all that we long for and hold dear, even from life itself. A journey through the wilderness is dangerous; but what awaits those who arrive at the other side? New life, a resurrection, a promised land where the Lord provides all good things, all life-giving and life-sustaining things. These are the blessings that come to the people of God from God’s hand as He brings us out of the wilderness of sin into the paradise purchased by His Son.
Lent devotionals are available in the back of the Worship Center. These free resources are a great way to journey through Lent to Easter on a daily or weekly basis. There is something for everyone in your family!
February 14 – Special Italian Dinner for Valentine’s Day! Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert.
February 21 – Pulled pork sandwiches, chips, salad and dessert.
February 28 – Chicken fingers, potatoes. salad and dessert.
March 7 – Baked potato bar with brisket, salad and dessert.
March 14 – Pizza party! Pizza, salad and dessert.
March 21 – Hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad and ice cream.