Lenten Soup Suppers and Midweek Services  
Lent Midweek soup suppers and services will begin Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Ash Wednesday, and continue each Wednesday, through March 21, 2018. March 21 will be a casserole dinner. Suppers will be at 5:45 p.m. and service at 6:30 p.m. There are sign up sheets in the narthex for donations of soup, desserts, crackers, beverage, meat and buns. There are always a variety of delicious soups, MaidRites, and desserts to feast on together.  

This year, the focus for the Wednesday worship services is the theme “Open my Life, Lord”and there will be a unique theme each week.  The dates and themes are as follows:

February 21 – Open My Eyes, Lord:  Paul saw the light of Christ shining around him on the road to Damascus. As individuals and communities, what do we have difficulty seeing? How does our perspective change when we view the world through the eyes of Christ?

February 28 – Open My Hands, Lord:  We use our hands to pick up a child, to serve a meal, to play an instrument, to wipe away a tear. Jesus used his hands for healing and for deeds of great power, and the psalmist reminds us that we are always held fast in God’s hands. In Deuteronomy, Moses encourages us to open our hands in service to others.

March 7 – Open My Ears, Lord: Ancient Greek philosophy notes that we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Jesus reminds us that we sometimes hear but don’t listen, listen but don’t understand. Opening our ears isn’t as easy as it sounds.

March 14 – Open My Heart, Lord: Listening to Paul’s teaching, Lydia opened her heart to God and was baptized. Her willing, trusting faith echoes down through the centuries as we witness her “open heart procedure.”
March 21 – Open My Life, Lord: Moses presents us with a choice: death and adversity, or a life cracked open to the love of God. Writing to the Galatians, Paul tells us that we have died to the law so that we might live to God. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us.

In His service,
Pastor Travis