The Lent Season begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 14, Valentine’s Day, and ends with Easter on April 1, April Fools’ Day (no kidding!). Of course, Lent is something we should take seriously because it reminds us of how much our Lord Jesus sacrificed for our privilege to be part of God’s Kingdom. “In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as ‘giving up’ certain luxuries in order to ‘replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days’” (Wikipedia). For our Lent midweek services, instead of giving up something we will be taking up something — a focus on Luther’s Catechism. If you would like a printout of Luther’s Large Catechism to read through this Lent season, they are available at church.

A totally different but also serious subject: at the last Atlantic Ministerial meeting a couple of our local police officers talked with us about responding to an active shooter. Unfortunately, the news makes it clear that this is a situation to which even a Christian congregation has to consider how to respond. One message that we need to know which I’m not sure how best and most appropriately to communicate is how we could best respond individually to such an emergency in our midst. If our response is to cower and try to hide under the pews, we’re all easy targets. But if the attacker is being hit with hymnals and other objects thrown at him or her, the attacker’s intention is much more difficult to carry out. Pray that we and no other congregation ever face such an emergency because we live in a world corrupted by human sin. Of course, the only real, ultimate answer is found in Jesus.

See you in Divine Service,