The Wednesdays of Lent 2020
God’s Gospel of Hope
Following Ash Wednesday, February 26, we will be gathering for mid-week worship of Holy Communion on the Wednesdays of Lent. Those dates are March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at 12 noon and 7:00 p.m. This year the theme of Pastor’s Eshbach’s homilies will be God’s Gospel of Hope. With the words and deeds of Jesus as our guide, we will reflect upon the abundance, generosity, freedom, witness, responsibility, love and faithful expression of Jesus into our present time.
Assisted by the writings of Walter Brueggemann in his book A Gospel of Hope, Lent is a wonderful time to remember the good news of Jesus Christ, and dedicate ourselves into renewing God’s good news through our practices which reflect that good news in today’s world.
Friday, January 24, 2020
at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 24th, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Come to a fun, casual evening of food and games to chase away the cold. We will warm up together in the Narthex with covered dishes to share. Plates, utensils, etc. will be provided. There will also be drinks, including a pot of hot chocolate with marshmallow and whipped cream to top it !
You may bring your favorite game(s) or come and try something new! All ages are invited to enjoy this gathering.
Mark your calendars now. A sign-up poster will be available in January. Hope to see you there.
(In case of snow/ice, will be held on Jan 31st)
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
The Lancaster Heritage Chorale will present their final concert of the 2019 Christmas season on Sunday, January 5th beginning at 4:00 pm in our sanctuary. This is a wonderful way to bring closure to the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There will be two worship services on Christmas Eve. The 6:00 p.m. service will be geared toward families with children, and will include Communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. The 10:00 p.m. service will be a more traditional service of Word and Sacrament as well as the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Plan now to attend one or both services.
November has the feeling of a month of transition. It is the month that the church year comes to an end. It is also the month where rehearsals and planning ramp up for the new church year, beginning with Advent, then Christmas, then Epiphany. While we tie up the loose ends on one year, we also unwrap the possibilities for the new year. Transitions.
But during this month of transitions, we take time. We take time to give thanks. And I don’t just mean the Thanksgiving Eve worship service on November 27. We take time to give thanks for the saints of the congregation we will remember on All Saints Sunday. We take time to give thanks for being in a position to prepare a plan of ministry for next year. We take time to give thanks for Christ the King, who continues to guide us, support us and prompt us to act and serve in a manner which reflects his ministry in the gospels.
Each week we pray the petition, “your kingdom come.” When that happens, our work is finished. Until that time, we will keep going, striving to share Jesus’ love in word and deed. We give thanks to God, for calling us into the mission field of grace. And we give thanks that we can do this together.
Clifton D. Eshbach,