Lectionary Notes + February 2015
+ Lenten Worship & Sermon Series +
Lent is often referred to as a “penitential season” – a time of prayer and self-examination. Penitence is defined as a sorrowful realization of our sinful nature accompanied by genuine repentance – pleading for forgiveness and resulting in our turning away from sin. Penitence is also frequently confused with penance – a penalty for sin - or not understood at all.
This Lent, through readings, song and sermons, our Wednesday evening Vespers will concentrate on penitence. Join us each Wednesday evening during Lent for a Soup Supper at 6:00 PM, followed by Vespers in the Love Coffee Café at 7:00 PM.
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When Moses encountered Yahweh at the burning bush and inquired by what name he should be called, God answered: I am who I am. [Exodus 3:14]
The Gospel of John builds on this Old Testament event and the personal name for God in order to explain who Jesus is. The Jews of His day were quite familiar with the story of Moses’ encounter with Yahweh, revering the name “I Am” so much that they would never say it aloud. It is understandable, therefore, that the Pharisees would be outraged whenever Christ described Himself in terms of “I Am…”.
Join us on Sunday’s throughout Lent, beginning Feb 22, for a special sermon series – “I Am” examining Christ’s description of Himself as appears in the Gospel of John.
Sun., Feb 1 Epiphany IV Exodus 20:1-21 Colossians 3:10-23 John 2: 13:22
Sermon: “Christ’s Building Program” + Pastor on John 2:19-20
The march of progress is often in conflict with our traditional view of life. Take urban renewal for example. We may want to clean up a neighborhood of its urban blight and abandoned buildings, but we hesitate at tearing them down. After all, there is a lot of history there, a lot of tradition. Yet, there is no way to bring about a renewal without casting out the old. And so Jesus proclaimed, That which had stood for time in memorial would have to be torn down, and replaced. It was Jesus’ building program. Come hear Pastor Henry’s sermon, “Christ’s Building Program” based on the Gospel according to St John, the second chapter.
Sun., Feb 8 Epiphany V Exodus 17:1-7 Colossians 3:18-4:6 John 4: 1-30
Sermon: “Come and See” + Pastor on John 4:27-29
Epiphany means “discovery.” It’s the moment when a light bulb goes off in your head and suddenly you understand how to overcome a difficult problem, or remember something long forgotten, or even encounter God for the first real, vivid time. It happened to the Samaritan woman at the well, and it can happen to you. Come and experience epiphany as Pastor Henry preaches on John 4:27-39 in a sermon entitled: “Come and See.”
Sun., Feb 15 Feast of the Transfiguration Exodus 34:29-35 II Corinthians 3:12-4:6 Mark 9: 2-9
Sermon: “Faded Glories, New Brightness” + Pastor on I Corinthians 3:12-4:6
The Season of Epiphany ends as it began, with discoveries about Jesus – Babe born in Bethlehem, Child in Nazareth, baptized and miracle worker. And now, the Christ, the Messiah, whom even Moses and Elijah bow.
This Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord, and behold the sight o Him glorified, as He is to all eternity. But first, we must look towards the Cross to see true glory, a real transfiguration. Join us as we celebrate transifiguration Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion with Pastor Henry’s sermon, “Faded Glories, Future Brightness,” based on I Corinthians 3:12-4:9.
Sun., Feb 22 Lent I Zephaniah 3:14-20 II Peter 1:16-21 John 8:12-30
Special Lenten Series: “I Am” + “I Am Light” + Pastor on John 8:12
Ever wonder who Jesus thought of Himself? How He would introduce Himself to you or anyone else He might meet? He did so many times throughout the Gospel of John, beginning each description with “I Am.” Each Sunday during Lent, Pastor Henry will take a close look at who Jesus is according to His own words, beginning with John 8:12 – “I am the Light of the World.” Come and hear how Jesus proclaims that in Him is the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation for all.
Lenten Mid-Week Worship:
+ Each Wednesday Worship will begin at 7 PM, preceded with a Soup Dinner at 6 PM +
Wed., Feb 18 Ash Wednesday Genesis 11:1-9 II Peter 1:1-15 John 14:15-31
Midweek Lenten Series + “Penitence” – “What is being Penitent?” + Psalm 6
Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday, 18 February 2015. This year’s theme is “What is Penitence?” Pastor Henry will lead a study of penitence each Wednesday during mid-week Vespers, beginning at 7PM. This week sermon is “What is being Penitent?” based on Psalm 6. Come join us for the special Ash Wednesday service, beginning with a Soup Supper at 6PM.
Wed., Feb 25 Penitence Sermon Series II + “Blessed are the Penitent” + Pastor on Psalm 32
Lent is also a time to take a good look at ourselves and then to contrast the way the world considers a person to be blessed and the way God blesses people. Join us this coming Wednesday, 25 February for a Soup Supper at 6 PM and Vespers beginning at 7 PM. This week’s meditation is “Blessed are the Penitent” based on Psalm 32.