Epiphany: Signs and Wonders (January 8, 2023-February 5, 2023)
Jesus opens our eyes to who he is through his signs and wonders. Together, all ages will see who Jesus is for our lives.
PRAYING THE PSALMS WITH JESUS
On February 22 the season of Lent begins! The word Lent means “spring.” Lent helps us have a “spring time” in our faith—blooming new growth as we turn to Jesus and journey with him to the cross and empty grave for the 40 days before Easter. (We don’t count Sundays in the 40 days of Lent.).
I am excited that this year our Lenten worship series is “Praying the Psalms with Jesus.” Thousands of years before Jesus was born, people of God, like King David, sang their prayers. These songs or “Psalms” are honest, heartfelt, human conversations with God. The “sheet music” has been lost but the words are still with us.
Jesus prayed the Psalms throughout his life, especially in the most difficult times. Each Sunday in Lent (February 26-April 2) we will hear about a moment in Jesus’ life and how the Psalms helped him save us by grace. Jesus will help us pray the Psalms for the moments of our lives, helping him be in and through our lives.
Some people “give up” something or “take on” something for 40 days as a way of remembering him each day and depending on him more. Pray. Let Jesus help you choose your Lenten discipline this year!
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Lent begins with this special worship service. Like God’s people for thousands of years, we will receive ashes on our forehead as a reminder of God’s promises and claim on our lives and our being a people who turn to God for help.
Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. is a special service where we begin by waving our palm branches, praising Jesus and end at the foot of the cross. We will share in communion.
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Jesus gathers us to remember the power of his grace, washing his friends’ feet—feet that would betray and deny him. We will share in communion.
Good Friday Service
Friday, April 7, 7 p.m. Jesus’ moments of carrying the cross and being crucified invite us to pray Psalms for our day to the crosses we carry and the world’s suffering we see.
Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. Jesus is risen! May Jesus’ victory and resurrection bless us and our community!