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Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th and so does our emphasis on the book of Zechariah. The prophet's chief concern is God's kingdom. Throughout all fourteen chapters, Zechariah joyfully announces that God's kingdom is coming through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The book of Zechariah abounds with stunning portraits of our Savior. Jesus serves as the prophet's Interpreting Messenger throughout the first six chapters. Zechariah calls Jesus a "Sprout" (3:8, 6:12), "Servant" (3:8) and "Stone" (3:9). It is in his last six chapters, though, that the prophet describes Jesus in much more compelling ways. Jesus is righteous and humble (9:9). His blood of the covenant sets prisoners free (9:11). He is the church's Cornerstone, Tent Peg and Battle Bow (10:4). Then, in a dramatic twist of fate, Christ is detested (11:8), sold for thirty pieces of silver (11:12), struck so his sheep scatter (13:7) and finally pierced and killed (12:10). In the end, however, God's kingdom comes-finally and permanently, in pristine beauty (14:9, 16, 17). And all of this had been foretold about 550 years before these historical events took place. Today Zechariah still has a message of great hope and encouragement for us in the midst of all our troubles. Join us this year for our mid-week Lenten series on the book of Zechariah. (Please note that there are currently not any Lenten meals being planned). This series is a result of an adaptation from a seminar by Dr. Reed Lessing from Concordia University St. Paul. I am grateful to him for his many insights on this book. The services and messages are as follows:

Ash Wednesday, Feb 17 7:00 pm: "First Things First" (Zechariah 1:1-6)
Feb 24, 7:00 pm: "It's Tool Time!" (Zechariah 1:18-21)
March 3, 7:00 pm: "Silencing Satan" (Zechariah 3:1-10)
March 10, 7:00 pm: "Who Will Take the Garbage Out?" (Zechariah 5:5-11)
March 1Z 7:0O pm: "First Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask" (Zechariah 8:20_23)
March 24, 7:00 pm: "The Redeemer's Refinery" (Zechariah 13:1-2)
Palm Sunday, March 28, 9:00 am: "Expectations Meet Reality" (Zechariah 9:9-10)
Maundy Thursday, April 1, 7:00 pm: "Covenant Blood" (Zechariah 9:11-12)
Good Friday, April 2, 7:00 pm: Tenebrae Service
Easter, April 4, "All Things New!" (Zechariah 14:8-11)
-- Saturday, April 3rd - 4:00 p.m.
-- Easter Sunday, April 4th - 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

In an effort to enhance your experience I also invite you to join us beginning Feb 14 for our Sunday Morning Bible Study as we will begin a brief overview of the book of Zechariah. We will look at the exciting history and theology connected with the book of Zechariah and consider practical and useful applications for us today. It has been said that Zechariah is the prophet of Holy Week. This Lent, rejoice, for God's kingdom comes to you-through Jesus our Lord!
Pastor Schoenfeld