Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This Lent, our focus will be on God’s will.
“Not as I will, but as you will,” Jesus prayed to his Father the night before he went to the cross for our salvation. That is our prayer as well this Lent as we seek to do God’s will in our lives, as we draw near to the observance of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection during Holy Week. Written by one of my Concordia Seminary classmates, Rev. Justin Rossow, each worship service in the series focuses on a different aspect of God’s will at work among us. Each week we’ll meet a new Biblical character as an insightful reference point each week to guide us in following our Lord more nearly day by day.
February 14: Ash Wednesday 7:00 p.m. God’s Will and God’s Promise • Abraham and Isaac
By faith, Abraham trusted the will of God when he promised that a son would be born to him. God’s will was done when that son, Isaac, was born, and God’s will was done when his Son, Jesus came into the world to redeem his people.
February 18: God’s Will and My Inadequacies: Moses
At first, Moses did not think he could free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But God gave him confidence to set his people free. In Lent we remember that God sent his Son to do his will and set all people free from the slavery of sin.
February 25: God’s Will and My Dreams: David
Anointed by God to rule in Judah, King David follow God’s will to shepherd his people, but often failed to live up to God’s dream for him. We welcome the Good Shepherd into our lives who fulfill God’s dream perfectly to gather his wandering sheep into the sheepfold of heaven.
March 4: God’s Will and My Identity: Mary
In humility, Mary dutifully accepted the role God had given her to become the mother of our Savior. That Son would later accept his role, faithfully following the path his Father had in mind for him to save us all.
March 11: God’s Will and My Worldview: Paul
On the road to Damascus, Paul had his worldview turned upside down when God called him to preach the name of the Christ he had been persecuting. We follow God’s will by putting the crucified Christ at the center of our worldview.
March 18: God’s Will and My Response: Lydia
Lydia followed the will of God by responding faith and hospitality when the Gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice was preached to her. We follow the will of God by responding in love and service to one another in return for what Christ has done for us.
Additionally, Lenten Midweek worship will occur each Wednesday evening during the season, beginning at 7:15 enhancing the theme of the previous Sunday with a devotional meditation from me or Pastor Derrick. Please come and join us for dinner and a Bible Study beforehand. Dinner begins at 5:30, with Bible Study beginning at 6:00.
In the love of Jesus,