On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we gather at St. Paul’s and continue pondering the events of Jesus’ final hours. This week, Jesus’ trial before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate continues, and he is condemned to death despite his innocence. During the trial, the religious authorities claim that they recognize no king except the emperor; is that true of us, or do we recognize Christ as our king? What does it mean to claim Christ rather than earthly leaders? Find out together with us this Sunday, March 18. There is a place for you at St. Paul’s; worship with Holy Communion begins at 10:00am.
Mid-Week Lenten Services at St. Paul’s – Wednesdays at 6:15pm
Join us this Lent at St. Paul’s as we reflect on the theme “We Are Lutheran” by pondering five critical aspects of the Christian life and faith that come from our Reformation heritage. Here’s the schedule for our mid-week services:
February 21 – Sola Gratia (“By Grace Alone”)
February 28 – Sola Fide (“By Faith Alone”)
March 7 – Sola Scriptura (“By Word Alone”)
March 14 – Solo Christo (“In Christ Alone”)
March 21 – Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God Alone”)
We begin with a light supper served at 6:15pm, and services follow at 6:45pm. We look forward to worshiping with you this Lent!
The Season of Lent
Lent is a season of preparation and introspection, stretching from the observance of Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Traditionally the forty days of Lent have not included Sundays, which are always regarded as celebrations of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, even though the mood of these celebrations might be somewhat subdued for a time; thus we refer to the Sundays “in” Lent rather than Sundays “of” Lent. Lent is marked by a renewal of spiritual disciplines like fasting, prayer, study, almsgiving, and service, and is intended to prepare the hearts of believers to celebrate rightly the Great Fifty Days of Easter. Lent is set off from other seasons by the prevalence of the color purple, which signifies both Christ’s royalty and the spirit of repentance to which believers are called.
Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings
The Narrative Lectionary focuses our congregation on one Scripture reading each Sunday. Below are some suggested readings to make connections between this past Sunday’s and next Sunday’s texts or to examine related stories in Scripture (from the fine folks at www.clergystuff.com). Further resources for reflection can be found in the inserts in Sunday’s bulletin. (Updated Mondays.)
Narrative Lectionary Week 28 – Jesus is Condemned (Lent V)
Sunday, March 18 – Jesus Sentenced to Death (John 19:1-16a)
Monday, March 19 – The Promise of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31)
Tuesday, March 20 – Jesus the True Vine (John 15:1-17)
Wednesday, March 21 – The World’s Hatred (John 15:18-16:4a)
Thursday, March 22 – The Work of the Spirit (John 16:4b-15)
Friday, March 23 – Sorrow Will Turn into Joy (John 16:16-24)
Saturday, March 24 – Peace for the Disciples (John 16:25-33)
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