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Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and so does our emphasis on Moses's book called Exodus. In it, Moses asks Pharaoh to let God's people go seven times (Ex 5:1; 7:16; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3). It would take the powerful hand of God to bring it about but finally Pharaoh lets the people of God go free. When he does, God's salvation is so amazing that the event becomes the Gospel of the Old Testament. Israel's Scriptures mention the exodus 125 times!

Throughout the book of Exodus God reveals who He is through His absence and His presence, through His silence and His speech, through His wrath and His mercy, and through His judgment and His amazing grace. In doing so, the book paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus.

In fact, the ultimate exodus event would take place many years after the time of Moses. God would again act in a powerful way. This time the Lord would deliver His people not from Egypt, but from our slavery to sin, death, and the power of the devil. It would be the Lord who would again bring it about. Jesus would overcome Satan and his temptations. He would defeat our sin by facing its judgment upon a cross for us. He would defeat death by His powerful resurrection. Jesus has set us free.

Throughout this coming season of Lent and Holy Week in our special services we will be considering how God has come to set us free. Join us for these special mid-week and Holy Week services as we remember and celebrate the great deliverance God works in our lives. If you are able to you might even want to read the Scripture passage from Exodus ahead of time as part of your devotion or work through the whole book of Exodus throughout the season of Lent. Now whether you do that or not either way come to the services. Below are the dates, themes and texts.

February 26, Ash Wednesday: "Big Things with Small Stuff' (Exodus 2:1-10)
March 4: "How God Changes Us" (Exodus 3:1-14)
March 11: "Stop Trying and Start Trusting" (Exodus 14:1-29)
March 18: "Strike the Rock!" (Exodus 17:1-7)
March 25: "Mine!" (Exodus 20:1-17)
April 1: "Digging Ourselves into a Hole" (Exodus 32:1-14)
April 5, Palm Sunday: "A New Beginning!" (Exodus 34:1-8)
April 9, Maundy Thursday: "Access!" (Exodus 24:1-11)
April 10, Good Friday: Tenebrae Service
April 12, Easter: "Against All Odds!" (Exodus 15:1-18)

As has been our tradition each Wednesday we will have a dinner ahead of time from 5:30-6:45 pm. The Worship Service will be at 7:00 PM. May God richly bless each one of you during this sacred time of the year.

Pastor Schoenfeld

** Note that midweek Lenten services and dinner have been cancelled for remainder of Lenten season. **