Lenten Devotion and Worship
2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, the great reformer, nailed 95 theses or points for discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Have they ever been discussed over the last 500 years!
During this anniversary year, we are invited to consider and recommit ourselves to our basic beliefs and faith practices as Christians. We will have several special opportunities at St. Luke’s to be reformed around the center of our faith, Jesus Christ. The first will be our Lenten devotions and Midweek Lenten services. Our Lenten devotions will focus on Luther’s Small Catechism. The editors of this devotional booklet, Free Indeed, write in their welcome: “Martin Luther wrote his small Catechism for the home, so that parents could explain the most important things in the Christian faith to their children. He prepared brief explanations of the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments of baptism and communion…Free Indeed brings Luther’s Small Catechism into your home…Each day features a reading from the catechism, accompanied by an evocative image, a quotation to ponder, a reflection, and a prayer.” Copies of Free Indeed are available on the opportunity table in the church entryway.
Our Midweek Lenten services will begin Ash Wednesday, March 1. We will enjoy a soup supper together at 6:00 p.m. and then have a special Holy Communion service beginning with the imposition of ashes. Then, for the next five Wednesdays, we will have a soup supper and then a drama considering the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, and finally, Holy Communion.
My prayer is that through these special activities we will gain deeper insights about our primary beliefs and practices as Christians and be reformed around them.
Spreading, Serving, and Sharing with You,