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Behold the Man -- 2019 Lent Series

NEW!! Weekly Facebook Live Bible Study

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Join us for a new weekly Bible study from the comfort of your own home.  On Sunday nights at 7pm, just log on to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TrinityAlgona from your computer or use the Facebook app from your smartphone or tablet to join us for this study based on our "Behold the Man" theme.  You'll be able to ask questions, make comments, and hopefully learn more about Jesus' life as a man here on earth.  Hope to "see" you there!

 NEW!! Weekday Lenten Service

During Lent Trinity will be having a fifteen minute spoken service along with prayers for those in need every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  The first of these services will be Monday, March 11. St. John’s will also be having a morning prayer service on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. during Lent.

Midweek Service Themes

Ash Wednesday -- March 6, 2019 -- Worship @ 7:00pm

“Behold the man!” was Pontius Pilate’s short, yet most profound, sermon. Our endeavor this Lententide and Easter Sunday is to behold the man, God in human flesh, Jesus. Each time together, we are meditating on and proclaiming His real, bodily suffering and death as well as His physical resurrection. He knew all that real bodies experience; He suffered, wept, bled, ate, and hoped. 

Today we remember how the man Jesus fasted for forty days, refusing to eat—the direct opposite to our first parents, who ate the forbidden fruit in their rebellion. Eating and fasting were very physical actions for Jesus; His body needed sustenance. In the Sermon on the Mount (today’s Gospel), Jesus doesn’t command fasting, once a hallmark of Lent; rather, He says, “When you fast.” Whether we individually fast or not, our elder Brother does give us what we need for every aspect of our lives: Himself, in, with, and under the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins.

As we move through this season of Lent, it will become increasingly clear why God became man: He lived this physical life in order to be nailed to a cross. Thereby, we are truly preparing for the celebration of His real, bodily, flesh-and-blood resurrection. Without that, our faith and our preaching are all in vain. God the Son became the embodied, incarnate Son of Mary. In Jesus, God has human flesh, a body, just like us. What could be more profound? Behold the man, who has led the way for us through death to our own physical resurrection!

 

Midweek of Lent 1
March 13, 2019
Meal @ 4:30
Service @ 6:00pm

In this service, we remember how the man Jesus prayed to His Father and ours. He is our great High Priest, who even now prays for us!

 

Midweek of Lent 2
March 20, 2019
Meal @ 4:30
Service @ 6:00pm
 

In this service, we recall that the man Jesus was struck in the home of the high priest, although He was our great High Priest. He was struck according to God’s will; He was beaten for us!

 

Midweek of Lent 3
March 27, 2019
Meal @ 4:30
Service @ 6:00pm

In this service, we recall that the man Jesus, after being clothed in mock royal robes, had His own garments taken from Him in order to shame Him. But, unlike every other human, He had nothing to hide. His clothes were taken from Him; but we are given the robe of His own righteousness!

 

 

Midweek of Lent 4
April 3, 2019
Meal @ 4:30
Service @ 6:00pm

In this service, we recall that the man Jesus had to be born and grow in the body of, and under the care of, His mother. But Mary is also His disciple, given to another, John, at the foot of the cross. And in our human relationships, we are all, parents and children, disciples of the man Jesus.

 

 

Midweek of Lent 5
April 10, 2019
Meal @ 4:30
Service @ 6:00pm

In this service, we recall that the man Jesus said on the cross, “I thirst.” As a true man, He had become dehydrated, though earlier in His life He had used water to save a wedding, He had promised eternally thirst-quenching water to the woman at the well, and He had even walked on the water of the sea. But as true God, He had another thirst: not for Himself but for the salvation of all people. 

 

Maundy Thursday
April 18, 2019
Service @ 7:00pm

On the night when He will be betrayed, the One who has every power of God, “having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1). He picked up a bowl of water, wrapped Himself in a towel, and used His divine hands to scrub the dirt from the feet of His disciples. A new commandment He gives. Love like this, He commands. Love with hands, not hearts. Love with actions, not feelings. Love by dying. As I have loved you.

 

Good Friday
April 19, 2019
Service @ 7:00pm

Why has God become man? Why does God have flesh? Why does God have a heart that beats, lungs that breathe, a brain with synapses that fire? For this: to die. His heart beats so that it can stop beating. His lungs draw in breaths and exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide so that they can fill with fluid and stop taking in breath. His brain conducts an electro-chemical symphony so that it can stop abruptly before the final act. His eyes see so that they can be blind. His ears hear so they can be deaf. His hands work so they can be pinned to a wooden cross. His blood courses through His veins so it can flow in rivulets down the post of a torture device and leave a crimson stain in the dirt at a place named “Skull.”

God is man so that He can die. For you.

 

Easter Vigil
April 20, 2019
Service @ 7:00pm

On the seventh day, His work finished, God rested from all His labor. In the place where He was crucified, there was a garden, so they placed His body there, in a new tomb. And the secret disciple, Joseph of Arimathea, and Nicodemus, who tried to crack a joke when Jesus told him to be born again, brought such a ridiculous amount of myrrh and aloes that—in a Gospel where no superfluous details are included, only those necessary that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ and that by believing you might have life in His name—the Holy Spirit caused the pen of the evangelist to record the weight: seventy-five pounds. 

This is the body of God. So the men do after His death what they were afraid to do when He was alive. They adore, venerate, and show reverence and respect for the dead Savior. The body is no mere accessory to the soul to be discarded in death. Flesh is not inferior to spirit. Bodies matter. And, though now dead, these were the hands that healed, the lips that preached, the feet that walked miles to teach, the eyes that looked and loved, the guts that moved with compassion. 

As Jesus rests in the cold, compassionless sleep of death, fulfilling the eternal Sabbath, His disciples work. They give Him the best burial they can, with exorbitantly expensive and excessive spices. Price doesn’t matter. There will never be another body so unlikely dead nor another body that nevertheless deserves such posthumous reverence. This is the body of God.

 

Easter Sunday
April 21, 2019
Service @ 8:00am & 10:30am

Jesus’ resurrection is a very physical act for the life of the man Jesus. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again,” Jesus had said (John 10:18). So now He does. The very good news is that Jesus’ resurrection is not just for His sake. As His death was for those of us who in our bodies are dying as the fair consequence for our sins, so now His resurrection is for those of us over whom death was thought to have the final word. Jesus rose bodily, body and soul knit back together eternally. And He promises not some disembodied rest for our souls with Him but a complete resurrection to follow where He has led the way. As we sing in the hymn refrain, “Jesus has risen and we shall arise: Give God the glory! Alleluia!” (LSB 474).