Images of theCross
Images of the cross are everywhere. Images of the cross hang in people’s homes, areimprinted on t-shirts, jewelry, and key chains. Even the telephone poles can remind usof the cross. Some crosses are made of wood, metal, fabric, porcelain, or plastic. Somecrosses are painted with bright vibrant colors, and others are plain and black. How oftendo we stop to consider the meaning by the cross and how it is being portrayed.
“For themessage of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.
For our journey through Lent thisyear we are going to stop and consider the power of the cross, what it means for our faith and life as followers of the cross. In the cross we find strength, faith, healing, anddevotion. If we haven’t considered the cross beyond weekend worship, tapping into theimages and stories of the cross can broaden and deepen, renew or strengthen our commitment to Christ. Exploring the Word of God, art, uses, andhistory of the cross, will help us to capture the meaning of thevarious depictions of the cross. Meditating on its enduringmeaning can help apply its power and principles to everyday life.
Sunday in Lent – March 27
Carrying the Cross of Shame
Wednesday, March 30
– Carrying the Cross of Family with Bill Hulka
Sunday in Lent – April 3
Called to Carry the Cross
Wednesday, April 6
– Carrying the Cross of Grief with Adam &Ann Biddle
Sunday in Lent – April 10
Carrying the Cross of Hope
Wednesday, April 13
– Carrying the Cross of Persecution withCharles Hettrick
Palm Sunday – April 17
Carrying the Cross of SacrificeMaundy Thursday – April 21
— Living Last SupperGood Friday – April 22
Christ Carries the Cross of SinAll services begin at 7pm.Holy Saturday – April 23
Reflecting on the Empty Cross
April 2011 Bethel Lutheran Church
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THIS MONTH AT-A-GLANCE
Apr 1 Spring BreakApr 5 7:00 p.m. Baptism ClassApr 6 6:00 p.m. Lenten Dinner 7:00 p.m. Lenten ServiceApr 10 4:15 pm Confirmation ClassApr 12 7:00 pm Church CouncilApr 13 6:00 pm Lenten Supper 7:00 pm Lenten Midweek SvcApr 15 BANNER DEADLINEApr 16 Komen Race for the Cure8:00 a.m. Outdoor workdayApr 17 4:15 p.m. Confirmation ClassApr 21 7:00 p.m. Living Last Supper Apr 22 7:00 pm Good Friday ServiceApr 24 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise8:00 a.m. Easter Service9:30 a.m. Easter Service11:00 a.m. Easter Praise SvcApr 25-26 OFFICE CLOSEDApr 27 7:00 p.m. Circle of Sisters
Decorating an Image of the Cross
— There will be plain wooden crosses availablein the narthex during Lent. You are encouraged to take one home, decorate it, andbring it back to share with the congregation. Tell us why you decided to portraythe cross in the way that you did. The crosses will hang in the fellowship hall withyour explanation for all to see. You can use paint, markers, beads, or anythingelse you have on hand to decorate the cross.