Great Stories of the Old Testament
This year for Lent we will be reading through some of the great stories of the Old Testament. Throughout 2018, we will be emphasizing life-long Christian Education. In some ways, we will be going back to the “ABC’s” of the faith. Many of us (hopefully? Maybe?) heard these stories as children but we scarcely hear them read or preached upon in church and we may even forget them. We are living in a time of unprecedented biblical illiteracy. Fewer people than ever before are familiar with the narratives of the Bible.
The Old Testament is important for us because it is the story of God creating and redeeming a people for himself. In other words, it is our story; our family history. We hear of the graciousness of God, the promise of a Savior, and the glorious future God is preparing for us in Christ.Ash Wednesday – February 14 • The Fall Week 2 – February 21 • The Flood Week 2 – February 28 • The Testing of Abraham Week 3 – March 7 • The Crossing of the Red Sea Week 4 – March 14 • The Valley of Dry Bones Week 5 – March 21 • The Fiery Furnace Holy Week *Note: There will be no supper or service the Wednesday of Holy Week Maundy Thursday – March 29 • The Passover Good Friday – March 30 Holy Saturday – March 31 • The Vigil of Easter Easter Sunday – April 1 Spiritual Growth in Lent: “Lent” is an old English word for “springtime.” Lent is a 40-day season the Church sets aside for growth and renewal in the faith. Many Christians choose to give up something for Lent. This might include, for example, choosing to forego a meal and instead using that time for Scripture reading and prayer. The goal of such a practice is to heighten our awareness that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Matthew 4:4). In addition or as an alternative, you may want to take on something for your Lenten discipline. For example, you can read the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine from Luther’s Small Catechism each day according to the following schedule: Monday—The Ten Commandments
Tuesday—The Apostles’ Creed
Wednesday—The Lord’s Prayer
Thursday—The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Saturday—The Sacrament of the Altar
Sunday—Daily Prayers, Table of Duties, orChristian Questions with Their AnswersIf you have a copy of the Lutheran Confessions, you may also choose to read one section of Luther’s Large Catechism each week throughout Lent.The Confessions of our church say this about the Catechisms:“Such matters also concern the laity and the salvation of their souls. Therefore we also confess Dr. Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms as they are included in Luther’s works. They are “the layman’s Bible” because everything necessary for a Christian to know for salvation is included in them, which is handled more extensively in the Holy Scriptures.” (FC Ep I 5)