Lent 2018: What's Happening at St. Paul's

This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 14th, with Ash Wednesday. As we move into this season of preparing our hearts for Jesus’ death and resurrection in our lives, we have much planned to help us focus and delve deeper into our faith together.

Where we go, God is there

Our congregational theme for Lent comes from Deuteronomy 6: 4-9:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

On February 11, Pastor Paul Oman will join us in worship and create a painting on canvas for us to keep as a visual in worship as we explore and discern what it means to keep God’s promises with us wherever we go.

We’ll be using different places in our everyday lives to help us remember: wherever we go, God is there. Our intention is to go deeper than Jesus on the Go this summer and to remember that we can be in holy conversation and time with our families wherever we are: our cars, our own homes, when we’re at work. These are all places and times when we can use the FAITH5 model (the one we’ve been practicing in worship and education at church) in our own lives outside of the walls of our church building.

Prayer

Continuing our conversations and teaching about prayer that began right after Christmas, we’ll have many ways to practice praying – with our families, by ourselves, and as a community. Keep your eyes, ears and hearts open to:

-        A Lenten Devotional book written by members of the congregation. There will also be activities to do with your families!

-        Like us on Facebook to make sure you catch and join our pop-up and live prayers from wherever you are.

-        We will be transforming a corner of our sanctuary into a place with prayer stations for all people – a sacred space within our building to pray in different ways, for the world, yourself, and many others. These will be available whenever the building is open.

Service Opportunities

We continue to reach out to our brothers and sisters within our own community and the larger church. During Lent, we’ll be collecting BAGS and BOOKS.

-        BAGS & BOOKS: During Lent, St. Paul’s is collecting duffle bags and money for books beginning February 1. The bags will go to area youth shelters as kids often leave these places with belongings in a garbage bag. There will be a donation box in the commons for collection. Money will also be collected for two reading programs – one local and one national. The first to support is our Lutherans Read ministry, where individuals from St. Paul’s read a book once a month to a classroom of students, and then each student gets their own copy of the book to take home. The second reading ministry to support is through our youth attending The Gathering in Houston this summer; The Gathering’s goal is to collect 1 million books for youth and young people living in the city of Houston. PURPLE Envelopes will be available for donations next to the duffle bag collection box in the Commons. Please put this money in the offering plate or office. Thank you so much!

-        A congregational-day of service is in the works. Stay tuned!