Weekly Update

Greetings, everyone –

 

SOUP SUPPERS BEGIN TONIGHT

Our Lenten evenings together begin tonight with soup at 5:45pm. Several types of soup are being prepared for this evening. At 6:15, the bell choir will hold their rehearsal. At 7pm, we will gather in the Fireside Room for our Lenten worship which focuses tonight on the story of creation, the first of the Easter Vigil readings. The choir will rehearse following the service. Come join us!

 

AROUND THE CHURCH

Faith Lutheran, Leavenworth, is in the midst of a pastoral transition and is exploring ways to strengthen their stewardship.  Faith Lutheran has always been a strong proponent of social justice with former Pastor Alex begin well-known throughout the church for his leadership in cultural awareness training and combating racism workshops. During their transition time, they are focusing on their stewardship ministry and have invited me to speak to them. I will be leading their team in a 3-hour workshop on Saturday morning to give them some resources and a head-start on developing a year-round stewardship plan for their context. Please keep us all in your prayers for a fruitful and faithful time together.

 

THIS SUNDAY AT CENTRAL

Van Driver: There is no van service for this Sunday.

 

Education Hour: The faith practice for this Sunday is “Worship: Seeking God’s Presence.” The word “worship” means worthiness or “worth-ship.” In other words, we worship something when we deem it worthy of our time and attention. How worthy do you consider God to be of your time and attention?


Coffee Hour: Hosted by the Chancel Choir.

 

In Worship: God proves worthy of our attention by making another covenant with humankind. The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.

 

Readings and Psalm

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

God blesses Abraham and Sarah

Psalm 22:23-31

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord(Ps. 22:27)

Romans 4:13-25

The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith

Mark 8:31-38

The passion prediction

 

Promises, Promises

The story of God’s relationship with God’s people is a story of promises fulfilled. We hear about God’s covenant with Sarah and Abraham in today’s Genesis reading and about its fulfillment in the New Testament texts. As Paul reminds us in Romans, we are the multitude of nations that were promised to Abraham; we are his descendants in faith. “Kings of peoples” (Gen. 17:16) descended from Sarah’s offspring; Jesus Christ, the King of kings, is Lord of all through his death and resurrection.

 

From generation to generation, God is steadfast. No matter how many ages pass or how often we turn away, God remains faithful. This is the great hope of our faith—no matter how often we stray or how great our sin, God persists in loving us. Jesus Christ binds us to God through our baptism into his death. In worship—especially through confession, affirmation of baptism, and communion—we continually remember the lengths to which God goes to keep covenant with us. The promise of salvation extends even into the future, as the psalmist reminds us: Our children and our children’s children will proclaim God’s salvation to generations yet unborn.

TAKE UP OUR CROSSES

Just as Christ endured the cross on the path to Golgotha “for the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2), so he calls us to take up our crosses, for his sake and the sake of the Gospel, and follow him – willingly, joyfully, and triumphantly. It is more than accepting a burden or some suffering with patience. Acceptance of the cross indicates that we are willing to serve in Christ’s name to a hurting world. We are willing to do his work for his glory, willing to minister to his people through his Spirit, even willing to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, you are the creator and sustainer of all things. You are the King of glory, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Lord, I am a sinful person who does the things I shouldn’t do and not what I should. Grant me the strength to live a life that is pleasing to you. Help me to take up my cross and serve you totally. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

 

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

See you in worship!

 

Peace,

Pastor Dave

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