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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 4 John Montieth
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:

https://seiasynod.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2020/01/2020_Lenten-Resources_2.pdf

Lenten Daily Devotions
https://seiasynod.org/lent/

Be Still and Know that I Am God

More at peace. Less compulsive and competitive. More patient with others. More loving. More at ease with not knowing. More able to include and accept imperfection. Needing less to prove myself or to create and maintain a certain image of myself. More open. More grounded. More realistic and also more hopeful. Less judgmental. Happier. Less in my head and more in my body. More able to say no. More often and more naturally saying yes to what moves myself and others toward liberation, joy, and deep purpose. More invested. Bolder. More able to receive grace amid pain. More whole and healed at the deepest level. More present.

This begins to describe how being still has changed and is changing me.

Being still means leaning into love. It’s an inward posture of resting in God’s unconditional love for you and for the world. There are many ways to “do” it. You can rest in love while you’re on the move. And your capacity to do so grows as you practice being still outwardly—stilling the body, the tongue, the mind, and being in silence. The key is being patient with yourself and all the inevitable distractions.

Stillness is not just for monks or nuns cloistered away in a monastery. God invites you as you are into stillness. Being still is possible amid your real life and all its busyness, grief, imperfection, and joy. Can you imagine being still today? --PC
Faith Question For The Week

“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.’”

“We know,” Nicodemus said. But Jesus confounded and even canceled what he knew.

What do we know about Christ? This meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus gets me second-guessing what our knowing is worth. Will Jesus draw us, like Nicodemus, into unknowing?

“Be still and know that I am God,” is our theme this Lent. At evening prayer on Wednesdays, St. Paul people will tell stories about when they were still and knew God was God.

But the knowing born of stillness seems to be entirely different than the knowing Nicodemus asserted.
“The Cloud of Unknowing” is a small guide to contemplative prayer, written by an anonymous Christian mystic in the Middle Ages. It advises the student, “For God can well be loved, but God cannot be thought. By love God can be grasped and held, but by thought, neither grasped nor held.” 

Is this what Jesus was showing Nicodemus? Nic resisted. Then he let go a little. Then at the cross, he let go completely.
“The Book of Privy Counsel” (a kind of second volume to “The Cloud of Unknowing”) says, “And so I urge you, go after experience rather than knowledge.”

Ask God to help you hold what you know lightly, or even to let go of it completely. Can you seek simply to love God and to be loved by God? --PC
 

Reminder, News, Events
Order forms for Easter Lilies can be picked up at the church.

VBS 2020
VBS will be July 20-23, 2020
Next planning meeting will be Sunday, March 8th in the lounge at 10:30 am. 
If you are interested in helping this year,
contact Donna Jean Holste.
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. 
Stay Connected
This weeks events at
St. Paul

 
Sunday, March 8
Worship 9:15 am
VBS meeting after worship

Wednesday,March 11
Universal Christ Study 12:00 pm
Executive Council 4:00 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

Friday, March 13
"Unafraid" Book Study

Sunday, March 15
Worship 9:15 am

 
March Epistle Click Here
Click here for March 1, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings

 

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