Lent - A Time to prepare...

There are some words and phrases which we do not mention in polite company! We restrain ourselves for the sake of social harmony, decorum, or simple kindness. But what about the words we would rather not hear in church? Words like "obedience," "sacrifice," "sin," "repentance," "death," "forgiveness," - even "faith"? These words have tremendous depth of meaning, but they also have resonance in our own lives and experience - and our history with these concepts is not always positive. Join the pastors of the Great Rivers Mission District as we delve into "Preaching's Forbidden Words" during the 2022 Lenten season. 

Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00PM.

The 5 weeks of Lenten Worship Services at 7:00pm are:

  • March 9, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • March 23, 2022
  • March 30, 2022
  • April 6, 2022

The seven pastors who will be involved in this year's round robin are below. With only five Wednesdays in Lent after Ash Wednesday, no congregation will have all of the area pastors visiting.

  • Pastor Matt Bahnfleth - John 5:16b-27
  • Pastor Deb Domeier - John 15: 9-17
  • Pastor Jay Johnson - John 14: 20-24
  • Pastor Andy Jones - Luke 5: 17-25
  • Pastor Dennis Meyer - Mark 1: 14-15 and Luke 24:47
  • Pastor Donna Smith - John 11: 17-37
  • Pastor Jim Lehmann -1 John 1: 5-10

How can you prepare for the season? First, read all of the scripture passages and meditate on each one. How is God speaking to you through these divinely inspired words? Second, try to figure out which passage corresponds to the word "we don't want to hear"? Then, come every week and see if you have paired them correctly.

As an extra bonus, these psalms will also be used during Lent: 6, 32, 38, 130, 143. These are referred to as the "Penitential Psalms." Read these in advance as well as part of your season of repentance.

LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS -- Soup and sandwich suppers are at 6:00pm on Wednesdays beginning March 9th. A sign-up sheet will be posted across from the office for ways you can help in providing soup and/or dessert, or help with set-up/clean-up. Lenten Worship begins at 7:00pm.

SEVEN MARKS SOCIETY -- The Seven Marks Society (SMS) will have activities for children beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 2) through Lent with the stations of the cross. 

Our HOLY WEEK & EASTER Worship schedule can be found here.