In Worship this Week
First Sunday in Lent
Liturgical Color: Purple
1 Peter 3:18-22
The season of Lent is a time of reflection and repentance. It is a time to recognize our need for God, and to return to God’s plan for our promised and preferred future. This is a future that begins with reconciliation, with God’s loving offer of relationship, and with God’s promise to walk with us always, even if that path leads to the cross. Everything else, including our repentance and our belief, are a response to God’s love. For that reason, we will begin our worship in Lent with God’s promise, God’s body and blood, broken and poured out. It may take some getting used to, beginning the service with the Lord’s Supper. You are invited to reflect on how you experience this change, and what it means to you to know that God’s love is yours as a free and undeserved gift.
This week, during our Prayers of Intercession, we are continuing the practice of remembering the saints in light. Usually, we take time once a year on All Saints Day to remember those who have died before us. Yet these people effect our lives every day. They are always with us in some way, and we do not only think about them once a year. Everyone deals with grief in different ways, but as the church it is our calling to support one another through grief as best we can. One way that we can do this is to recognize that grief (and the joy of the life that we shared with our loved ones) continues long after others have moved on. In the Jewish tradition there is a practice called Yahrzeit (literally “year’s time”). In many synagogues, especially those of the Reform tradition, this is a part of the weekly worship service. At this time, anyone in the congregation who is marking the anniversary of a loved one’s death has the opportunity to name that person aloud, and together the congregation prays the mourner’s kaddish. During 2012, we at Peace will take time during our prayers once a month to mark the Yahrzeit as a congregation. This Sunday during our Prayers, you will have the space to name aloud those who died in the month of February, whether recently or long ago, and acknowledge that our love and our grief, as well as our joy at having loved, never fades completely. If you would prefer not to speak aloud, you are invited to give your loved one’s name to Pr. Aimee, and she will read it aloud at the appropriate time in the prayers. There will be a column in the prayer book near the front door where you may write the names of those you would like to have Pr. Aimee name during the prayers.
During the season of Lent, the adult Sunday school time will be a series on Work & Faith. We will hear from several members of our congregation, as they share reflections on how their life of worship intersects with their work and home lives. This week, Mike Smith will share his thoughts. Other speakers will include Tammy Kuddes, Barbara Wilson, and Judy Huntley. Please plan to join us for rich discussion, and the opportunity to better know our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In Worship next Week
Second Sunday in Lent
Liturgical Color: Purple
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Special Worship Opportunities in Lent – Out of the Ashes
The theme for our worship and congregational life during the season of Lent will be “Out of the Ashes,” acknowledging that all that we are comes in the renewal of life out of the ashes of Christ’s death.
Lenten Devotions – There are daily Lenten devotions available online at davidlose.net. David Lose is a professor at Luther Seminary, and author of several books that we have used in Adult Education at Peace. I commend these devotions to each of you as part of your Lenten practice.
Lenten Midweek Worship – Wednesdays (February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28)
Soup Suppers at 6:00 p.m.
Soup, salad and bread will be available for anyone who would like to join in a communal meal and fellowship. A free-will offering will be collected, with proceeds going to support the ELCA World Hunger Appeal, a comprehensive effort that works through relief, education, development, and advocacy to address the root causes of hunger and poverty, both around the corner and around the world.
Worship at 7:00 p.m.
We will be using a setting of the traditional Compline prayer, the ancient order for daily prayer that has been sung for centuries. The Compline prayer is the last prayer of the day, usually sung before turning in for the night. It is especially appropriate for Lent, as it is a time for us to acknowledge both the gifts and failings of each day, and to commend ourselves and the whole world into God’s hands. Compline consists of a sung hymn, and order for confession and forgiveness, a changing of the psalm, a sung setting of the song of Simeon from Luke (Lord, now let your servant go in peace), and prayers.
Trivia Night – Mark your calendars for April 14, for an evening of fun and trivia! We are looking for groups, families, or individuals, to sponsor raffle baskets. Put on your thinking caps, come up with creative themes, and check the sales for items we can fill our baskets with. Please see Barb Johnson if you have questions.
New Website! We have a new website, which is now up and running, and will be updated with fresh content on a regular basis. Soon you will be able to go there to find all kinds of things, including upcoming events, ministry activities, sermons, and blog postings. Once this website is fully operational, you will be able to sign up to have an email sent to you with all of the updates, automatically! Eventually, this will replace the Friday Update emails, and you will be able to find the latest information on what’s happening at Peace, all in one easy-to-use place.