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Lent    

Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar. Like all Christian holy days and holidays, it has changed over the years, but its purpose has always been the same: self-examination and a recommitment to one’s baptism which is demonstrated by devotion to scripture, good works, and prayer. Early church father Irenaus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) wrote of such a season in the earliest days of the church, but back then it lasted only two or three days, not the 40 observed today. In 325, the Council of Nicea discussed a 40-day Lenten season of fasting, but it's unclear whether its original intent was just for new Christians preparing for Baptism, but it soon encompassed the whole Church. And thus people of faith have been observing these original 40 days of Lent for centuries.

The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun! “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1.9. We moderns often think that our problems, frustrations, and desires are unique to our age and require some new approach, some new method in order to be addressed sufficiently. And yet, sometimes the old ways still have merit, still work, still provide for that which ails you. And so it is with Lent. It is 40 days that provides you with a specific time period to really concentrate on your spiritual health and well-being. Yes it happens to correspond to the time between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, but that is just a bonus, it is the specific period of time that is helpful. You have a beginning and an end to your task, thus you can mark your progress and stay more easily committed.

Prayer and devotion is a key part of this period. You can gaze at your navel all you want, but it is the connection with God in Christ that becomes all important in your 40 day discipline. You need not read big chunks of scripture, but it is helpful to actually sit and read. You might want to consider reading Paul’s letter to the Ephesians or the Colossians as a good Lenten text. You may be surprised what happens.

Finally put yourself, your time, your talents and your treasures in play for the sake of your neighbor. Do some intentional good deeds. Not because you have to, but because you can. See how it is that your actions, possessions, talents and skills actually can help bless those around you. And by all means, give glory to God in Christ as you serve the neighbor that God loves. You just might find that these ancient disciplines of prayer, fasting, good works and worship have more to offer than the entire shelf of “self-help” at the local book store.

And don't forget to make room for worship during this Lenten season.  This year, at Grace, we'll be covering the theme: "The Ironies of Lent."  Along with myself we'll hear from Pastor Hauptmeier, (March 4) Pastor Niemeier, (March 11) and Pastor Ohlman, (March 25).  I'll be preaching Ash Wednesday, (February 26) and March 18th.  Won't you join us? 


 Pastor Bremer
 
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Grace Lutheran Church
545 E. Memorial Dr.
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801
Phone (308)382-1190
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Sunday
  • Divine Service
    – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Bible Class/Sunday School
    – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday
  • Divine Service
    – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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As We Prepare for Easter

Lenten Series: "The Ironies of Lent"

Ash Wednesday Service--February 26--7pm

Lenten Midweek--Wednesdays March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1--7pm

Maundy Thursday--April 9--7pm

Good Friday--April 10--12, 3, 7pm

Holy Saturday--7pm