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Lent Evening Prayer Wednesday 7:15 pm
The following people will be sharing during the prayer service about a time when they were still and knew God was God.
March 11 Walt Malkewitz
March 18 Kristin Samuelson
March 25 Bev Downey Eads
April 1 Charlie Pelham

Resources for Lent from the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Lenten Daily Devotions

Contemplative Sit

“When are we actually going to discuss the book?” he asked. I smiled and said, “I have bad news for you: we aren’t.”

Being still is the point of these “practice groups” around the book, The Universal Christ. 

Compared to a typical book discussion group, it may feel stilted, even frustrating. It’s full of silence and listening and so little talking! What sharing we do is in brief and then no one answers the speaker but simply receives what they share. There’s little “back-and-forth” or “exchange of ideas”—which, for many of us, is the very path toward learning and understanding.

But there is another way to grow: by being still. It’s at once more direct and more unsettling, because it’s beyond our control. 

You can try at home what these St. Paul practice groups are doing: a “contemplative sit.” Be still for 10 minutes with the verse from Psalm 46: “Be still and know that I am God.” Find more guidance at:
Faith Question For The Week

The woman said to Jesus, “Sir, you have no bucket.”

This Lent, the gospel of John shows us one-on-one encounters between Jesus and another person. Last week, Nicodemus, a pious leader, the consummate insider. Now, the woman at the well, an outcast among outcasts.

(The timing says it all. In this hot, dry place, everyone went to the well for water in the cool of the morning or evening, not in midday heat, as this woman did.)

As with Nicodemus, misunderstanding and confusion fill this conversation. The woman and Jesus talked past each other.

We might say, Jesus spoke about what is unseen (living water, eternal life), and she responded about what is seen (buckets, this well, relief from hard work). She was on the practical level, and Jesus, the soul level. She was just trying to make a living; Jesus was encouraging her to come alive. The distance between them yawned.

At first. Amazingly, they find each other. The resonances of truth--her honesty, his authentic generosity--light a way through the dark. She reveals and Jesus discovers her deep thirst, her soul level desire.

This became good news for her and her whole community. They invited Jesus to stay, and he stayed--John's keyword for a true and deep connection on the soul level. Which is the very living water Jesus was talking about.

Who invites you to the soul level? Who are you inviting? Ask God to tune the resonances between us, so we can be drawn together and stay in Christ.

Reminder, News, Events
Order forms for Easter Lilies can be picked up at the church.
Easter is coming fast this year! We hope that everyone is looking forward to this special day on April 12, and we pray that everyone is ready to be as wonderfully generous as you have been for so many years in collecting, preparing and delivering Easter Baskets! In remembering others who do not have the means to provide a happy Easter for themselves and their families, we have a wonderful history  of providing food  baskets for people in our community. 

A list of needed items will be provided at church. Please take this list and purchase what you decide. Items will need to be at the church by Sunday, March 29. The more items you can bring to the church the less items that Service Committee and helpers will need to purchase. The shopping trip for basket items will be March 31 this year. We also welcome donations of monetary gifts to purchase additional items.  We also welcome you to sign up to be one of our helpers. Thank you for your generosity. 
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This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, March 15
Worship 9:15 am

Monday, March 16
Bingo 10:00 am

Wednesday,March 17
Universal Christ Study 12:00 pm
CCC Choir 4:15 pm
Tintinnabulum 5:15 pm
Vocal Choir 5:15 pm
Adult Bells 6:15 pm
Universal Christ Study 6:00 pm
Lent Evening Prayer 7:15 pm

Thursday, March 19
Hannah Group Lunch Rastrellis 11:45 am
Hannah Group Meeting 1:00 pm

Sunday, March 22
Worship 9:15 am

March Epistle Click Here
Click here for March 8, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings


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