Worship | Lent (7:00 PM) “Obedience and Preservation”

Jonah 3 Ironically, the true examples of repentance and obedience in Jonah are theforeigners–first the penitent sailors and then the soft-hearted Assyrians. Both gain a new lease on life by fearing and obeying God. The prophet stands in contrast to them. Disobedience leads him to the realm of death. The Lenten season offers us an opportunity to consider the dire consequences of ignoring God’ commands to love God and neighbor

Worship | Lent (7:00 PM) “God in the Depths of Chaos”

Luther’s theology of the cross teaches us to look for God in the midst of suffering–not only the suffering of Christ on the cross but also the suffering of God’s children in this world. God meets us with a word of hope in the fire (Daniel 3), in brokenheartedness (Ps 34:18), and in death itself (Jonah 3). In these places we learn one of the most basic but crucial lessons of faith: to cry out for help to a God…

Worship | Lent (7:00 PM) “Intercepted and Redirected”

Jonah 1:17, Psalm 139:1-2, 7-10 Encounters with God often come in the form of disruptions to everyday life. They take us off course and throw us off balance. But in many cases, disruptions have the potential to bring us into a sacred encounter with God and our neighbor in ways that we might not expect–or in ways that might show us something new about ourselves. The story of Jonah invites us to wonder whether and how the God of Jonah…