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February 17 – March 24
Every Wednesday in Lent the 10:30am service will be live streamed. Below you can download bulletins and there is a link to the service. We pray that these services are a blessing to you!
Lent is a season of the Church Year that lasts six weeks. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter Sunday. During these six weeks we look forward to Good Friday, the day our Lord died on the cross to pay for our sins, and to Easter Sunday, the day He rose from the dead to prove it!
Lent is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us, and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection! During these 40 days, we remember God’s faithfulness to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus, our Savior. Jesus remains faithful to us, always.
If you would like a packet of ashes—and a cleaning wipe—to participate in our Ash Wednesday services from home, please call or email the church office. You can also pick up a packet during office hours. Ash Wednesday is February 17. The services will be live-streamed at www.tinyurl.com/blcnow
Every Wednesday from February 17th (Ash Wednesday) to March 24th we will have services at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. After Ash Wednesday, only the 10:30 am service will be live streamed as the services will be identical in form. You can watch the service video live at 10:30 am or any time after the service concludes.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, we will celebrate Holy Communion in the 10:30am worship service and then following the service from noon until 4:30pm there will be opportunities for individual communion. Wednesday evenings, we will celebrate Holy Communion in the 6:30pm worship service and then following the service until 9pm. We will discontinue the Thursday afternoon communion times during Lent—except on Maundy Thursday.
We don’t get to see one another regularly, with some gathering in-person and some online. Here’s a way we can see and hear one another. We’re gathering interested folks who’d like to offer a devotional thought on something Jesus said—the “red letters” in your Bible—or offer another devotional thought. For more information, please email Eric at email@example.com There is still the chance to contribute!
The calendar has changed. 2020 is now in our rear-view mirrors as we head into the New Year. As with any new year, there’s always a certain amount of uncertainty. What will be coming our way? That feeling in us—“inquiring minds want to know”—yearns for control, and lacking that, at least, information. I know I want to be able to plan some things—and plan on some things. How about you?
I appreciate all the more the fact that the church’s calendar is different from “world’s” calendar. We had Advent’s hope and Christmas’ joy in our hearts as the world bid farewell to 2020. Now, as we stand in the uncertainty and anticipation of 2021 with the world, we are in the midst of the Epiphany season. We have the comfort and the assurance that God loves us—even us!—in Jesus. Whatever comes our way in January and February—all of 2021, we have this assurance: God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to show that love is bold and clear ways.
Isaiah invites us in the Old Testament lesson for Epiphany to “look up and see” what the LORD is doing as He shines His light onto the path we walk going into the New Year. “Looking up” means looking up from your immediate tasks and concern, from those things that are screaming for your attention—that seem so immediate—and see what God has done for you in Jesus and what He continues to do for you because He loves you.
In our family, we jump into the New Year. Literally, we jump. Okay, since I lost my balance a year or two ago jumping off the hearth, I watch the kids and grandkids jump. There’s a hope and a confidence in jumping. For us—you and me—that hope and confidence are wrapped up in that Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths in Bethlehem Who left behind the grave cloths in the open tomb. Whatever’s coming in 2021 can’t undo what He has done.
Let’s jump together!
Pastor Jeff Shearier
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.