The Amazing Grace of Lent – Lent & Holy Week 2023

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday

February 22

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Sundays in Lent: The Amazing Grace of Lent

Lent is a season that calls us to the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and alms and leads us to reflect on Christ’s suffering, our mortality, and the world’s lament.  Yet, in the early church the season of Lent was used as a time of preparation for baptism that would occur at the Easter Vigil. Our Sunday scriptures this year connect to this ancient practice.  From Nicodemus’ question about being born “from above” to the Woman at the Well requesting “living water” to Lazarus being raised because Jesus “is the resurrection and the life” our texts point us to the waters of baptism where God’s Amazing Grace is poured out on us all. As we journey toward Holy Week and Easter – all of the days of our life – it is this Amazing Grace that carries us.

Services at 9:00am and 11:00am
February 26: Grace in the Wilderness (live stream @ 9am)
March 5: Grace from Above (live stream @ 11am)
March 12: Grace of Healing (live stream @ 9am)
March 19: Grace in the Water (live stream @ 11am)
March 26: Grace through Dying (live stream @ 9am)

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Holy Week: Beneath the Cross of Salvation

Every Sunday in worship the church celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On several key days at the center of the church year, however, worship takes a particular shape. These central days include Holy Week and Easter, recalling Jesus’ own words to his disciples that he would be handed over to death, and that “after three days he will rise again.”  During this week, the church each year makes the passage with Christ through death into life. Only from beneath the cross can we realize that Christ is our salvation.

April 2 (Palm Sunday): Grace in Palms & Passion
Services at 9am & 11am (live streamed), 10am Pancake breakfast
April 6 (Maundy Thursday): Grace in Serving
Services at 12pm (live streamed) and 6pm (dinner & worship) RSVP for Dinner HERE
April 7 (Good Friday): Grace on the Cross
   Services at 12pm and 7pm (live streamed)
April 9 (Easter): Grace at the Empty Tomb
Services at 7am (outdoor sunrise), 9am (live streamed) and 11am

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Wednesdays: Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the writing of “Amazing Grace” (ELW #779), this worship series for Lent ties the words of the beloved song to our lives today as Christ’s disciples. Those in the Bible who experienced the amazing grace of God help us each week to realize that though we once were lost in sin, we now have been found by Jesus, and though we once were blind to God’s mercy, we now can see his love at work in us.  Often in Lent we are focused on the cross, yet even there we glimpse God’s Amazing Grace through our Savior’s death and resurrection.

Services at 7:00pm, Dinner at 5:45pm ($5/$8 per plate) Menu

February 22 (Ash Wednesday): Amazing Grace: How Sweet the Sound 12pm & 7pm (live streamed)
March 1: Amazing Grace: That Saved a Wretch Like Me
March 8: Amazing Grace: I Once Was Lost but Now Am Found
March 15: Amazing Grace: Was Blind but Now I See (NO Worship Service)
March 22: Amazing Grace: How Precious Did that Grace Appear
March 29: Amazing Grace: The Hour I First Believed

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John Newton wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace” 250 years ago. As he wrote, he thought about how his life had changed because of God’s grace, and he gave thanks. As we begin Lent, we reflect on our lives too. We can see where we were lost, but God found us! As children reflect on the words of “Amazing Grace” in this daily Lenten devotion booklet, they are reminded that God’s great grace was poured out upon us because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. Because of Jesus Christ, we all can say that we have been saved by God’s grace. And that’s amazing!

In this year of Growing a Generous Faith, we are providing Amazing Grace themed daily devotions for children and adults free of charge! Pick up a copy for your household at worship on Sundays or Wednesdays or at the church Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm.


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