Lent Devotions 2009: Introduction

Welcome to the 2009 edition of the Christ Lutheran Church Lenten Devotional Book. Thanks for taking the time to take this journey through the season of Lent with us.

This year’s book follows a catechetical theme. This means we will be examining three parts of Luther’s Small Catechism in some detail. We begin by looking at passages of Scripture, which are the foundation for the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed. You should notice in each of these readings the importance of Jesus Christ: His work, His teaching, His death and resurrection.

During the third and fourth weeks, we examine the Lord’s Prayer and Holy Baptism. Jesus has given these two amazing gifts to His Church and it is with great joy we reflect on them again this Lent.

Week five is a slight detour into the wonderful book of Psalms. The sixth week begins with another look at Jesus and the significance of the cross for us. Week six ends and week seven continues with the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross. During Holy Week we stop and ponder anew the sufferings of Jesus Christ for us.

Thanks for taking the time to read these devotions written by friends and members of Christ Church. My thanks go out to everyone who put their thoughts on paper. Thanks also to the editorial staff of Emily Halton and Paul Hill who worked so diligently to complete this project.

I pray this has been a constructive exercise in helping each of us to better be able to share the faith God has given to us, for it is our joy and privilege to do so. May these humble contributions help to strengthen and nurture your faith too.

Yours in Christ,

Jon Ehlers, Pastor

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