Thursday, February 21, 2019

Five Gifts of Discipleship

Dear St. Mark friends,

Winter isn’t the only season of length this time of year.  For the past seven weeks, we’ve immersed ourselves in the full season of Epiphany.  Naturally, this leads to a later date for Easter, as well.  But now, we move into the season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 6, with two services at noon and at 6:45 P.M.

This year, our Wednesday evening Lenten services will center on, “Five Gifts of Discipleship.”  Our scripture readings will come from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  I encourage you to read Philippians in advance as you prepare to join us for Wednesday evening worship this Lenten season.  Here is our mid-week schedule:

March 13         Live among God’s faithful people
                        Philippians 1:3-11
                        Pastor Mark

March 20         Hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
                        Philippians 3:7-11
                        Pastor Chad

March 27         Proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
                        Philippians 1:12-20
                        Pastor Chad

April 3              Serve all people, following the example of Jesus    
                        Philippians 2:5-11
                        Pastor Mark

April 10            Strive for justice and peace in all the earth
                        Philippians 4:8-9
                        Pastor Mark

Please join us this Lenten season as we reflect upon these valuable gifts of discipleship.

Walking this journey of faith with you,

Pastor Mark

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