As part of our Lutheran heritage, we pay particular attention to the seasons of Advent, which precedes Christmas Day, and Lent, which precedes Easter. At these times, we gather for a full worship experience on Wednesday evenings.
During Advent, the short and dark days of December, we gather to be reminded of the light of Christ that is coming into the world through the gift of the Savior celebrated at Christmas. Advent is a time or preparation and reflection on the miracle of Christmas and our need for a Savior.
During Lent, we launch midweek evening worship with the most solemn worship event of the year, Ash Wednesday. From that event until Holy Week (the week immediately preceding Easter), we are particularly aware of our world coming newly alive to the arrival of a new Spring. At this time, we focus on our baptismal identity and how we are united to Jesus and made alive in both his death and resurrection. Lent is a time of reflection on the great news that God sent the Son to save us. It involves an examination of our own shortcomings, and, at the same time, it prepares us for great Easter celebration.