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March 5, 2014, 7:23 AM

Lenten THoughts

In the 70’s folk/pop music group Seals and Crofts had a big hit called, “Get Closer.”  It went “Darling if you want me to be closer to you, get closer to me.”  True this was a romantic song.  But it goes the same for any relationship, including that with God.  If we want our relationships to be better, then we begin with ourselves.

Lent starts March 5 which is a time set aside in the church year to “get closer” to God.  We do this in any number of intentional ways such as Bible study, prayer time, fasting (i.e. giving up chocolate), service to others and special worship services.  Like in recent years past, St. Luke’s will participate in a Lenten guest speaker rotation.  This year the theme is simply “Lenten Thoughts.”  Each pastor has picked a topic and will reflect on this topic during worship on Sunday evenings.  A complete schedule is printed below.  Anyway, this is a great opportunity to get closer to God as we meditate on the thoughtful words of the preacher.

By the way, I think we usually hope that sometime during the six weeks of Lent we will somehow get a glimpse of "enlightenment" as if we have to work really hard to achieve spiritual awareness.  But it is not a difficult task to be with God.  God is as close as a whisper.  Jesus said, “seek and ye shall find!”  The chore is getting ourselves to be closer to God for six weeks straight without becoming distracted.  Hopefully by the time Easter arrives we will have formed a very good and healthy habit- staying close to God!

So this Lent, “Get closer!”  God is waiting.  Amen

      In Christ,

      Pastor Jeff

Join Us for


A special series Sunday evenings during Lent featuring guest preachers from our Lutheran community!

A lite meal will be served at 6 PM

The Holden Evening Prayer Service is at 7 PM.


   Guest preachers:


March 9            Pastor Scott Bollinger, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church

"Renewal:  It's God's Business" (Ezekiel 37:1-14)


March 16          Pastor Paul Christ, Messiah Lutheran Church

"Lent:  Fasting or Feasting" (Isaiah 58:3-7)


March 23          Pastor Dan Duke, Bethany Lutheran Church

   "Lenten Thoughts on the Parable of the Prodigal Son" (Luke 15:11-32)


March 30          Pastor Rich Hites, St. Stephens Lutheran Church

     "Our Lenten Journey to Become the Prodigal Father" (Luke 15:11-32)


April 6              Pastor Andrew Bell, Unity Lutheran Church

      “Freed from Fear: Jesus' Command and Promise" (Matthew 6:25-34)



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