|Lenten services include shared programs|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 08 February 2013 10:47|
Lent is generally observed as a season of preparation leading up to Easter or Resurrection Sunday. In some faith traditions Lent officially begins with Ash Wednesday, while other traditions indicate it begins the following Sunday.
Either way, the season is upon us with Ash Wednesday just five days away.
The following Lenten programs have been announced by area churches. Many other churches will also observe the season in various ways.
• Neighbors Hope Lutheran and Cloverdale United Methodist churches in rural Bowling Green, are joining forces for their weekday Lenten services.
The theme or the services is "Behold My Servant," written by Don Neidigk of Creative Communications for the Parish, Inc.. Each service in the series focuses on a different aspect of the "Suffering Servant, Christ our Savior," as recorded in Isaiah 52-53. The themes are the Wise Lord, the Undesired Lord, the Grieving Lord, the Healing Lord, the Judged Lord, the Innocent Lord, the Exalted Lord, the Silencing Lord, the Dying Lord and the Living Lord.
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 13507 Cloverdale Road and Cloverdale United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Cloverdale and Kramer Roads.
All are welcome to attend these services. Each service, including Ash Wednesday begins at 7 p.m.
The schedule features services at Hope on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 27, March 13 and on Maundy Thursday (March 28). Cloverdale will host the services on Feb. 20, March 6, March 20 and on Good Friday (March 29).
• The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) have announced weekly "Community Lenten Lunches" on Wednesdays of Lent.
Members of the community are invited to join together for lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church.
The schedule is: Ash Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic; Feb. 20, at St. James United Methodist; Feb. 27 at Salvation Army Church; March 6, Church of Christ; March 13, Good Shepherd United Methodist; and March 20, St. Luke's Lutheran.
A free-will offering will be gathered each week for the work of NBACM, which includes the "Community Food Pantry at the Salvation Army," a ministry of the North Baltimore churches.
• St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg, will hold Stations of the Cross with benediction at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent.
The church has also planned its third annual "Lenten Soup and Bread (Stuff)" series which will be held on four Mondays of Lent beginning Feb. 18. The series will feature "Faith Clips" by Father Robert Barron.
Each evening will begin with a meal of soup and bread at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. All programs will be held in the church basement.
The schedule will focus on "Parish Mission" on the first day; "Jesus" on Feb. 25; "Spiritual Life" on March 4 and "Prayer" on March 18. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share.
• Abiding Word Evangelical Lutheran Church, 17202 N. Mercer Road, will begin midweek Lenten Vespers services on Ash Wednesday at 6 p.m., with a potluck soup supper followed by Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. Midweek Lenten Vespers Services will take place every Wednesday in Lent at 7 p.m. Pastor Luke Ulrich will be leading a special series following the Passion History of Jesus titled: "The Man of Sorrows."
• Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Weston will hold weekly Lenten worship services on Wednesday with a supper at 5:30 and the worship following at 7 p.m.
• Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 220 Cedar Street, Pemberville, will hold its mid-week Lenten services Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. using Tim Keller's book "The Prodigal God."
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