DIVINE SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS
3200 HWY. K. SOUTH
HARTFORD, WI 53027
PHONE: (262) 673-5140
WORSHIP SCHEDULE – FALL THRU SPRING
Worship – Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Sundays at 8 & 10:45
Adult Bible Class – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Holy Communion celebrated at every service.
Contemporary Worship services will take place on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 10:45 a.m. service..
Sign Language Interpretation – please call the church office for list of dates.
SPECIAL LENTEN & EASTER SERVICES
Here’s the schedule for the season, under the theme, “The Parables of the Passion”:
March 5 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday With the Imposition of Ashes and the Lord’s Supper
March 12 7 p.m. Pastor Groth Good Shepherd, Watertown
March 19 7 p.m. Pastor Meier Peace, Beaver Dam
March 26 7 p.m. Pastor Schempf Zion, Clyman
April 2 7 p.m. Pastor Wenzel Peace, Beaver Dam
April 9 7 p.m. Pastor Kelling St. Peter, Lebanon
(A light dinner is provided before each of these five services, served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m..)
April 17 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday With the Lord’s Supper
April 18 1 p.m. Good Friday (Tre Ore)
April 18 7 p.m. Good Friday (Tenebrae) Led by the Youth of the Congregation
April 20 6 a.m. Easter Sunrise
April 20 8 and 10:45 a.m. Easter Festival
DAILY E-VOTIONS by Pastor Doug Stowe
Wednesday, March 5th
Wednesday: Say to them, “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel” (NIV Ezekiel 33:11)?
The tradition of giving something up for Lent is venerable and good. (For myself, I like to give something up and take a new practice on. For example, one might resolve to give up evening TV and read the New Testament over the 40 days.) The point, of course, is that through self-denial we’ll reflect more deeply on Christ and His self denial, and perhaps we can replace an unhealthy habit with a profitable one.
It’s a good and venerable tradition, but it can seem pretty venal. I had a friend once who gave up his favorite soda and on Easter drank, like, 4 liters of the stuff. Somehow, balancing the self-denial with Easter excess says it’s not really a serious thing.
Ezekiel might suggest a different approach. He might suggest giving up our pet sins. He, like many of the prophets and apostles, might suggest true repentance, an honest evaluation of the places we have stumbled, fallen, maybe even wallowed in sin. He might suggest that rather than giving up a luxury for a short time we should turn to the Lord with all our hearts.
Tonight, when you come to service, we will separate our confession and absolution with the imposition of ashes. I hope that this extended liturgical moment might help us reflect on the reality of our sin.
Daily Bible Reading: Daniel 2:1-49
DAILY READING FOR TODAY’S BIBLE READING CHALLENGE LISTED BE DATE BELOW.
Week 67 March 3, 2014
Week 68 March 10, 2014
Note: These readings are also available at biblegateway.com. By clicking on the speaker icon you can listen to the reading by the commentator.