The Fourth Sunday in Lent 

The text for this morning's sermon is John 9:1-41 - Jesus encountering the man born blind.

As you watch the Easter Service, get dressed for church and make this as special a day as you can. This is Easter! Easter never changes for the world. The Resurrection of our Lord has been celebrated with great pomp and circumstance in good times, it’s been celebrated in times of disaster, war, natural and unnatural disaster. It’s been celebrated in prisons and under persecution. The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection cannot and will not be stopped by influenza and pandemic. Maybe the way we celebrate it changes, but not the awesome proclamation of the Resurrection. The gates of hell shall not prevail against it, our Lord has promised. (After all, He’s been there, descended He did and proclaimed His holy victory over sin, death, the accusations of Satan the accuser and the wagging finger of the law.) Our Lord reigns over all of it and at the last trumpet sound, His people will be vindicated and see Him face to face and not as we do now, through a glass dimly. A blessed Easter to you all.

Join us for Palm Sunday. Since we can't gather together and decorate our sacred space with palms, take a moment to go outside, (if you're in palm country, that is) cut off a few palms and decorate your space with them. Be creative. Take some fronds and place them beside the screen you're watching the service on. Take a palm leaf and use it as a book mark. I have taken palms used for this service and set them aside to be burned for next Ash Wednesday's service. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

There are many enemies in the world today, coronavirus being our most obvious one. Fear has immobilized every nation. There is a way, however, to move forward without fear. Jesus gives the antidote to fear when He talks with His disciples that first Easter evening. Peace be with you

Being required to shelter in place and not gather in groups larger than 2, worship is brought to you via the internet at this point. Obviously, it is less than ideal. We miss the fellowship we have with one another. We miss the face to face encounters. We miss the Lord's Supper we celebrate together. Not to take anything away from the blessed Sacrament, the primary means of grace, the primary way God comes among us is through His Word. So we gather together in a virtual way, to hear His Word as we look forward to the time we will be able to gather together again. God's peace. Pastor Ron Hodel

Wednesday Lenten Service - 25 March 2020

Join us as we meditate on Psalm 88, one of the darkest psalms in the psalter. The psalmist cries out to the God of his salvation only to be met with darkness. Perhaps that's how you feel today during this present darkness shadowing our world. And yet, even though it seems like the God to whom he cries day and night has cast the criers soul away and hid His face, still the psalmist knows - he knows that the God who seems to be his enemy is the only one who can help. And we know He has helped - the psalmist and us. He has sent His dear Son to save us from a fate worse than death in order to give us life - life forever with Him in glory.

Wednesday Vesper service for 1 April 2020. Reflections on Psalm 38.  "O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me . . . Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation."

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