Join us at Noon on Ash Wednesday for our service of repentance as we begin our journey into Lent. We will be gathering at Holy Trinity Lutheran with our brothers and sisters from St. Paul and St. Mark's Lutheran. There will be refreshments after the service.
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.
The Baptism of Our Lord cannot help but recall our own and all baptismal blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as daughters and sons, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of Almighty God when we "pass through the waters...the rivers...fire." On this day the heavens open again, for this assembly, and we receive the gift of the beloved Son of God in bread and wine.
Readings this week:
Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51: 1-17
II Corinthians 5: 20b- 6:10
Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21
Serving this Week:
Preaching: Pastor Kelle DeBruin from St. Paul Lutheran
Imposing Ashes: Pastor Elizabeth Larsen from St. Mark's Lutheran
Communion Alter Care: Betty B.
Counter: Betty B.
Fellowship: Members of Holy Trinity