FIRST READING: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
PSALM: Psalm 32
SECOND READING: Romans 5:12-19
GOSPEL: Matthew 4:1-11
Everyone is invited to join us for worship at 10:15 on March 1st as we celebrate the 1st Sunday in Lent with the Service of Holy Communion. The Children's Talk will be presented by Kim Kaiser, special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir, and the sermon, The Wild and Wooly Wilderness?, will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Richard Kleiman and inspired by the gospel of Matthew 4:1-11.
Adult Sunday School Topic for All Interested Adults on March 1st at 9:15: Movers Accidentally Drop Virtuoso's One-of-a-Kind Piano Worth $194,000, Rendering It 'Unsalvageable'
A news item about the accidental destruction of a rare piano belonging to classical pianist Angela Hewitt gives us an opportunity to look at the subject of loss of things important to us. So that will be the topic of our next class.
Join together in the sanctuary on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m., for our Ash Wednesday Worship Service, marking the beginning of Lent - the days leading up to Easter.
Ashes to Go: Taking Church to the Streets
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives.
We will be taking ashes to the street again this year because the reminder of need for humility and healing shouldn’t be confined to a church building. We probably need it more when we are in the middle of our daily business! The ashes we offer are to remind those who drive through our parking lot of our need for God, and of God’s call to us. Ashes to Go will be offered from 4:30-5:30 on Ash Wednesday, February 26.
We are pleased to welcome Interim Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Stutz, to Memorial Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches. Below is a short bio on Interim Pastor Stutz.
Steve Stutz was ordained and entered the pastoral ministry in 1998, serving as the associate pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Big Spring, TX and senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX. In 2014, he was hired as a consultant by the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has coached 23 congregations through a wide variety of issues related to structure, ministry, leadership, and vision. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Pasadena, TX and has been active as a supply preacher around the conference.
Pastor Stutz is a native of St. Louis, MO. He studied at Kemper Military School & College, Northeast Missouri State University, and after leaving the active duty military, received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Combined Arms & Services Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he is currently the Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Direction and Formation.
He and his wife, Krista, have been married since 1988 and are the proud parents of three adult children (Beth, Katie, & Julie). Pastor & Krista both enjoy taking walks with their dog, Dexter, and spending time with their grandson (Noah).