Lent Devotion

“‘Now, therefore,’ says the LORD, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.” (Joel 2:12-13)

In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

With such words does the prophet, the servant of the Lord, speak.  “Return to the Lord your God.”  Repent of your sin.  Turn from your sinful ways.  For God is gracious.  He is merciful.  No sin remains unforgiven—in Jesus.  On the cross, Jesus put to death all your sin.  It is no longer counted against you.

Therefore, don’t hold any of it back.  Confess all to Him, for God is of great in kindness.  He will not withhold His mercy from you, for the sake of Jesus!

This Lenten tide, hear the Word of the Lord!  Sorrow over your sin.  Trust in the Lord’s forgiveness—given you—and declared to you—in Jesus’ Name!  Amen.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me my sin.  Keep me from downplaying or ignoring my wrongdoing before you.  Give me a heart of true repentance, that I come before Your throne of grace, confident and sure of absolution.  Amen.

Ash Wednesday Divine Service with Holy Communion (and an opportunity for individual absolution) is tonight, beginning at 7pm.  Please join us.

Throughout the Wednesdays of Lent (2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24), Lenten mid-week services (Vespers) will be offered at 7pm, followed by a Bible Study.  All are welcome!

In Christ’s Service,

Rev. Thomas N. Reeder, Jr., Pastor

Apostles Lutheran Church–LCMS

6732 HWY 81 N — 608-348-9901

ALC: www.luther95.net/ALC-PWI

LSF: http://uwplatt.collegiatelink.net/Community?action=getOrgHome&orgID=14280

“One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ, as Christ says, John 11[:25], “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”; and John 8[:36], “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed”; and Matt. 4[:4], “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”” (From Dr. Martin Luther’s, Freedom of Christian)

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