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Shadows & Light

The Lenten season is a time when it can feel as if we are dwelling in the shadows.  We are reminded of our mortality and our sinfulness as we begin with Ash Wednesday and the reminder that we are dust.

As we progress through Lent we see Jesus being tempted by Satan, and at the same time must face our own temptations.  Jesus laments over the Holy City of Jerusalem, and this coming week, we find Jesus warning us about the need to repent.  So, repentance becomes our focus, and we humble ourselves in prayer.

Being reminded of our sinfulness and fallen state can feel like a walk through the darker side of life, spending time in the shadows of humanity.  We are reminded of the evil in this world not only by our readings for this season, but by actions such as occurred just last week with yet another act of terrorism.  Our current political climate is leaving us more divided as a nation every day, but also divided as Christ’s Church.  

Will this present darkness ever end?  Are we destined to live only in the shadows?  Is there any hope for humanity?

Is there any good news?  Any light in the shadows?

Yes!  There is Good News!  And it comes in the person of Jesus! 

He is our hope and the light that shines in the darkness.

That is the reason we take a spiritual journey through the season of Lent.  We are journeying with our Savior to the cross of Calvary.  We are journeying with Jesus into the darkness of the tomb.  We are journeying through the sorrow of death.

But, the journey doesn’t end there!  We journey into the garden to find that Jesus is no longer in the grave!  We journey toward Easter morning when we celebrate the new life and the bright, glorious light that is the risen Jesus.  And we sing!  All the churches sing!  The whole Church sings!

There is something very powerful that happens when the Church rises up in song on Easter.  Just imagine all of the voices praising Jesus across the world!  That is a light that no shadow can overcome.   

This week at Christ the King, our choir will begin rehearsing for the coming season.  We will be practicing on Mondays at 6:00 starting tonight through the day of Pentecost.  We invite and encourage you to join us.  All ages are welcome!

The featured verses I’ve included  from  two different Psalms this week remind us of the joy we can express through song.

Come – help us shine the light of Christ.  Come and sing!

Yours in Christ,

Lisa Temple, CTK Council Member

This Week at Christ the King

Monday, March 18th
6:00 PM – Choir Practice
Tuesday, March 19th
1:00 PM – JOY Book Club
7:30 PM – Dartball
Wednesday, March 20th
9:00 AM – Quilting
9:30 AM – Bible Study
5:00 PM – Sanctuary Open for Prayer
6:00 PM – Soup Supper
7:00 PM – Lenten Service
Thursday, March 21st
10:00 AM – Coffee with the Staff
6:15 PM – Call Committee & Church Council
Friday – Office Closed
Saturday, March 23rd
5:00 PM – Worship with Holy Communion
6:00 PM – Sanctuary Open for Prayer
Sunday, March 24th
9:00 AM – Faith Formation Classes
9:30 AM – Coffee Fellowship Time (Library)
10:30 AM – Worship with Holy Communion
11:30 AM – Sanctuary Open for Prayer


Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400

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