By Barb Mazarakos
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people when I ask how they are doing is about how “busy” they are. Busy with work, kids, after school activities, errands, projects, family responsibilities, volunteering- just busy. If we are honest with ourselves, some of that “busy” is self-inflicted (and often -in my case, anyway-a matter of poor time management). We often find ourselves wishing for more time, when we really should be working on being less busy.
Lent provides us with the perfect chance to “Be Still”, as we are commanded in Psalm 46:10. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1, Lenten services at Christ Lutheran give a place of refuge, away from the “busy” that takes over every waking hour of our days and lets us reflect on the 40 days leading up to the Resurrection of our Lord. This year’s sermon series, entitled “At The Crossroads”, bring us the stories of some of the very people who played a role in the Passion of Christ. When presented with challenges, some of those people made good decisions; others did not. Through story illustrations we will be able to see how we should handle similar crossroads in our own lives while preparing to experience renewed joy in the Easter Resurrection.
Ash Wednesday services will kick off the series with the topic of Confession. Holy Communion services will be at 6:20am, 11am, and 7pm on Wednesday, March 1. The Thursday Lenten services will carry on with the themes of Betrayal (March 9), Judgment (March 16), Compassion (March 23), Declaration (March 30), and Obedience (April 6). Thursday services will be at 11am in the Sanctuary and 7pm in Duehr Chapel, both with Holy Communion.
After the Crossroads series finishes, be sure to join us for Holy Week services beginning on Palm Sunday, April 9 (8am, 9:30am, and 11am communion services). Holy Week continues on Maundy Thursday, April 13 with communion services at 11am and 7pm; Good Friday, April 14 (11am worship and 7pm Tenebrae service); and of course Easter Sunday with the 6:30am Sonrise service, 9am Family service, and 11am worship service, all with Holy Communion. (Please note there will not be the usual Saturday evening service this weekend to allow us to prepare our hearts and minds for the joy of the Resurrection services Sunday morning).
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)