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Sundays in February 2018

Worship at 11:00 and 13:30 in the Luther Church

Sunday, March 4,2018, Third Sunday in Lent: Exodus 20:1-17 ;Psalm 19 ;1 Corinthians 1:18-25 ;John 2:13-22:The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The ten commandments are one of the chief parts of Luther’s catechism, a core piece of baptismal instruction. They begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. From the

Sunday, March 11,2018,Fourth Sunday in Lent: Numbers 21:4-9 ;Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 ;Ephesians 2:1-10 ;John 3:14-21:The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today's gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

Sunday, March 18,2018,Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jeremiah 31:31-34 ;Psalm 51:1-12 ;Psalm 119:9-16 ;Hebrews 5:5-10 ;John 12:20-33 God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts. We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.

Sunday, March 25,2018,Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday: Mark 11:1-11 ;John 12:12-16 ;Isaiah 50:4-9a ;Psalm 31:9-16 ;Philippians 2:5-11 ;Mark 14:1--15:47 ;Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] The first and second readings and psalm are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death. With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God’s final vindication. Mark’s passion story begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed him beforehand for burial. Mark’s Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God’s living Anointed One.


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Sunday Fellowship

All are welcome to stay following our Sunday worship to enjoy a beverage and refreshments. We can only offer this, however, when

  1. we have coffee, tea, or other beverages to serve, and
  2. when someone signs up to host

Please consider helping with supplying coffee, tea or other beverages. Just bring it to church with you or make a donation to that purpose. The host for that Sunday will gladly accept your donation.

Thank you for your generosity as we live lives of service to our neighbor.

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