Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of Lent—February 22
The beginning of Lent is Next Wednesday. Ash Wednesday will be a very unique and special service, including the Imposition of Ashes, the Lenten Litany, corporate confession and individual absolutions. From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on His Word and draws from it life and hope. Let us pray that our dear Father in heaven, for the sake of His beloved Son and in the power of His Holy Spirit, might richly bless this Lententide for us that we may come to Easter with glad hearts and keep the feast in sincerity and truth. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday Divine Services at 7:00 p.m. We will have a soup and sandwich luncheon before each of the midweek services. Watch for more details to come.
SUNDAY’S DIVINE SERVICE— JESUS SETS HIS FACE TOWARD JERUSALEM AND HIS PASSION Jesus spoke clearly about His passion, death, and resurrection, yet "these things were hidden" from the disciples, so that they did not understand His words. It was necessary that the Son of Man suffer and die alone, for salvation from sin, death, and hell is entirely the work of our Lord. It must be received by us as a gift alone or it cannot be received at all. For their benefit the disciples were prevented from knowing these words, lest anyone of them boast in his superior knowledge or understanding. The mysteries of the faith are revealed to the blind by the Spirit of God, and so, Jesus has mercy upon blind Bartemaeus opening his eyes, in token that the mysteries of salvation are revealed to us so that we might believe in the Lord and give all praise and glory to God.
February 22 - Ash Wednesday – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 6 “Save Me Because of Your Unfailing Love”
Catechism: What does such baptizing with water indicate?
Midweek February 29 – Pastor Stuenkel - Sherman
Psalm 38 “Make Haste to Help Me”
Catechism: What do you believe according to these words?
Midweek March 7 – Vicar Peters - Sherman
Psalm 51 “Against You and For Me”
Catechism: What is confession?
Midweek March 14 – Pastor Strong - Farmersville
Psalm 102 “But You, O Lord, Are Enthroned Forever”
Catechism: What sins should we confess?
Midweek March 21 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 32 “Hiding from God or Hiding in God?”
Catechism: What is the Office of the Keys? Where is this written?
Midweek March 28 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 143 “Teach Me to Do Your Will, For You Are My God”
Catechism: Which [sins] are these?
Holy Thursday – April 5 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 116 “Delivered”
Catechism: What is the benefit of this eating and drinking?
Good Friday – April 6 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 130 “Divine Forgetfulness”
Easter Vigil – April 7 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 118; Exodus 14 “Destroying the Enemy”
Easter – April 8 – Pastor GeRue
Psalm 16; Mark 16:1–8 “The Path of Life”
Catechism: Explanation of the Second Article (second part)