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Welcome to “Lenten Wednesdays Anew,” our weekly effort to stay connected during our time of separation.  In keeping with Christ Lutheran’s tradition, each week we will bring you “soup” (or, at least a recipe), study, and song.  I hope you’ll try this and, if you like it, forward it to a friend!
This week, soup’s on at Jan Hedrick’s house.  We are grateful to her for sharing her recipe for tasty “Meatball Tortilla Soup.”
Last week, we studied “Song of Songs,” the third of the five books of Wisdom literature.  This week, we move on to the “Book of Job.”  I invite you to begin your study by watching the following video, produced by “The Bible Project.”

Click here for video.

For further study:  Read Job 19:25-27

How can it be that, as Job pursued God in the agony of his suffering, he could also speak of resurrection life with such firm confidence?

What relevance does this passage have for us in our time as we engage the fear, isolation, and suffering caused by COVID-19?
Vicar Katrina, in her seminary class on Job, shares this blessing based on the sixth chapter of Job:
When poisoned arrows tear our spirit; remember God is with you.
When physical and emotional pain becomes a burning, ripping wound; remember God sits with you in your pain.
When your spiritual and emotional battle is a battle not with fellow humans but a battle with God; remember God is with you.
When you, like Job, have entered a long, dark tunnel; remember God is with you in the darkest of tunnels.
When you long for an answer to the pain and suffering, call out like Job, "Teach me, and I will be silent."
Be patient and listen for God; and remember God is with you in the silent waiting. 
Lenten Wednesdays at Christ Lutheran would not be complete without Holden Evening Prayer.  Thank you to Deacon Jennifer Fox and Vicar Katrina Steingraeber for recording portions of the service for us.
You may wish to light a candle prior to praying.

Click here for "Evening Hymn"

A reading from Job:  “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  My heart faints within me.”


Let us pray.  Benevolent, merciful God:  When we are empty, fill us.  When we are weak in faith, strengthen us.  When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Click here for "Let My Prayer Rise Up"


Let us pray.  May our prayers come before you, O God, as incense, and may your presence surround and fill us, so that in union with all creation, we might sing your praise and your love in our lives.  Amen.


The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.  Amen.

May God, Creator, bless us and keep us, may Christ be ever light for our lives, may the Spirit of Love be our guide and path, for all of our days.  Amen.
Friends, we thank you for joining us this Lenten Wednesday.  My prayers go with you until we meet again.  Please include the church staff in yours. 
                                                                                                  – Pastor Twila

PS  Special thank you to Valerie Dusso for creating the graphic design for this message.
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Holden Evening Prayer © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted under #704818.

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