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“EYES ON JESUS” – Our Lenten Journey, 2020

“O come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Gradual for Lent, based on Hebrews 12:2

When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see?  In most cases, people misunderstood who He was and what He was doing.  In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright.  This year, our Lenten journey will be based on the Gospel according to Mark.  With the title, “EYES ON JESUS”, we will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him.  We will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees—on account of Christ’s work:  our justification for His sake.

Our themes:  Misjudging Eyes, Betraying Eyes, Sleepy Eyes, Denying Eyes, Murderous Eyes, and Worldly Eyes will help us to focus more deeply on Christ’s Passion (suffering and death).  

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26.  It will once again be a holy and blessed time for us.  We’ll gather together for special midweek Worship Services conducted each Wednesday during Lent at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.  The Ash Wednesday Service (February 26) will have special features:  the (optional) Imposition of Ashes, and the celebration of Holy Communion.  The following five weeks (March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1) will feature a brief, devotional Service that will help us all to meditate more deeply on Christ’s Passion.  Please plan to bring your family (and friends!) and join your church family as we prepare to behold Holy Week and then celebrate Easter.  

Remember also the fellowship meal served each of the six Wednesdays of Lent from 5:30 until 6:30.  These meals are hosted and served by various Boards of our congregation.  A free will offering will be received.  

Take-home family devotions booklet will once again be prepared and available for pick up in the Sanctuary.  This year the devotions are entitled:  Deliver Us:  Jesus Sets Us Free.

Commending of Self Prayer

Blessed Lord Christ, I commend myself to Your direction and care today.  May I speak with Your tongue, work with Your hands, walk with Your feet, feel with Your heart, think with Your thoughts and breathe with Your Spirit.  Amen.

(by John Baillie – 1886-1960)


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