Pastor Schwieger's Corner
The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. It is a time in the church year that we as Christian Lutherans look particularly closely at the sacrifice that Jesus made for all on Calvary’s cross. Certainly this is a “manmade” season that has its origin sometime during the Sixth Century. In the Roman Catholic Church the practice of apply ashes on one’s forehead to mark a spirit of repentance is said to have begun with the papacy of Pope Gregory who served from 590-604 AD.
There is, of course much tradition that comes to Immanuel in this season. We have Mid-Week Lenten services that are preceded by a Lenten Supper. On Palm Sunday we will lift our Palm branches and celebrate Jesus entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and join our voices with those of old that proclaimed, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!” We’ll observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with special Worship Services. On Easter Sunday we’ll have 3 Worship services celebrating the resurrection of Jesus…and celebrating that Good news that is for all…that because He lives…WE TOO SHALL LIVE!
Tucked away almost in the middle of the Gospel of Luke…Chapter 9, I believe we have the true origin of this season before Easter Sunday. Luke writes, “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” At this time in His ministry Jesus has begun traveling slowly but deliberately to Jerusalem where He would face betrayal, a mock trial, cruel sentencing and ultimately death on a cross. Jesus knew all of this awaited Him, and yet He “set His face”. In other words, He was determined, intentional and deliberate about what was going to happen yet He did not swerve, falter or waver. “He set His face towards Jerusalem”…and the Passion narrative actually begins. Everything in history has been gearing up for this. Nothing is more important in all of life than what was accomplished for all of us on Calvary’s cross.
Join us as we travel together this Lenten season. There will be two different Sermon series that will point us to the significance and the practicality of Jesus death and resurrection for all of us!