Lent 1


 “Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house” 

(Deuteronomy 26:11). 

Grace grows us in relationship. Grace—the gift of God’s reconciling love for us in Christ Jesus—does not allow us to live isolated, disconnected lives. Grace binds us. Grace connects us. Grace joins us with Christ, with one another, and with our community. Through Christ, God’s grace makes us part of the family, God’s family, and we can never be alone again. 

One of the things that families do is eat together. Families gather around tables to break bread together, to share stories, to celebrate significant milestones, and to welcome others. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of family meals shared around a common table with parents and siblings, grandparents and cousins, aunts and uncles and friends. Tables gather. Tables invite. Tables feed. Tables heal. 

During this season of Lent, we will gather each Wednesday here at St. John’s as family around tables for TABLE GRACE. We will gather for both food and worship as Christ welcomes us so that we can then go out to welcome others. Both at 12:15 p.m. in the PLC Lobby and at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, we will explore five Biblical stories in which God’s radical hospitality is extended to others through the sharing of a meal. Each of these worship opportunities will be preceded by a shared meal. Come at 12:00 p.m. for a delicious homemade Lenten lunch. Come at 6:00 p.m. for a delicious homemade soup and sandwich supper. Then stay to be fed not just with physical food, but with spiritual food as well. 

Our weekly themes will be as follows: 

Wednesday, March 13 Genesis 18:1-8 

Abraham and Sarah share hospitality with strangers 

Wednesday, March 20 1 Kings 17:8-16 

A widow in Zarephath shares hospitality with Elijah 

Wednesday, March 27 Isaiah 55:1-13 

God invites all to come and feast at God’s table 

Wednesday, April 3 Luke 14:1-14 

Jesus teaches an important lesson on hospitality 

Wednesday, April 10 John 6:1-14 

Jesus feeds the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish 

Our vision statement for our congregation reads, “St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to grow in meaningful relationships with Christ, with each other, and with our community as we are gathered for WORSHIP, equipped for DISCIPLESHIP, and sent to CARE.” Come and join with us each Wednesday for TABLE GRACE as we grow in living out God’s vision for us. Come and join us around the table as Christ welcomes us so that we can welcome others. Come and join us around the table. It’s simply what families do. 

Growing in relationship + 

Pastor Greg