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NEWS RELEASE Concordia Publishing House 3558 South Jefferson Ave. St. Louis, Missouri 63118-3968 CONTACT: Gretchen M. Jameson, Corporate Communications Phone: 314.268.1298 email: gretchen For Immediate Release Lent Resource Centers on the Final Words of Jesus Complete resource includes materials for pastors and congregations ‘Twitter Pite! Feel the impact of Jesus’ final words. This Lent, discover the Words of Life from the Cross @concordiapub. http:/pitch pe/35158 ‘Summary: Words of Life from the Cross, the new Lent—Easter worship and preaching resource, invites the entire congregation to study Jesus’ final words as He offered up His life for the life of the world, Resources include CD-ROM, daily devotional, and bulletin, Saint Louis, MO—Concordia Publishing House (CPH) introduces the 2010 Lent—Easter worship series, Words of Life from the Cross, which includes a pastor's CD-ROM, daily devotional, and bulletin. The theme of this Lent—Easter worship resource is based on the final words of Christ that He spoke from the cross as He offered up His life for the life of the world Words of Life from the Cross resources are available at www.cph.orgilent or by calling 1.800.325.3040. Congregations will want to begin using these resources on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010. “Concordia’s resource for Lent—Easter preaching and worship provides a coordinated consistent, cohesive, and comprehensive message of God's love for a hope-filled Lenten experience for the entire congregation," said Rev. Scot Kinnaman, editor at CPH. "Meditation on the seven last words of Jesus is traditionally heard on Good Friday. The 2010 resource, Words of Life from the Cross, offers the opportunity to focus more deeply on Christ's words over the course of the Lenten season, ‘The sermons and devotions in this series expound on these words of Christ, linking them to Jesus’ words and works recorded in the Gospel as well as the Old Testament prophesies that pointed to Him, Each word imparts a blessing and is a word of Gospel. Each of these final words of Christ proclaims and delivers something about Him, the Word Incarnate, and delivers His, saving death to us that we would trust Him for forgiveness, life, and salvation. The CD-ROM is completely customizable to allow churches to tailor the resources to specific needs and local custom. It contains complete sermon texts, orders of service, worship resources, Bible studies, and children’s messages. The coordinating devotional is available for members to use on a dally basis and draws readers into the weekly topic. This devotional is available for $1.00 each when churches purchase 25 copies or more. A matching bulletin is also available to invite members to weekly participate in the theme of this Lent—Easter series Ken Liszewski, manager of books for Concordia Publishing House, said, “I believe that Lent— Easter is the most important event for a Christian. Jesus' resurrection is why we can overcome death through salvation. With this season coming so closely after the very busy Christmas season, Words of Life from the Cross is the perfect opportunity for pastors to get all their ‘materials and communicate a complete message to their congregation. Also available from CPH is the artful book, He Was Crucified. It examines the last days of Jesus Christ, focusing on themes of God's love and sacrifice and the eternal purpose of Jesus’ crucifixion Resource Links: Social Media Release: http://pitch,pel35158 Concordia Publishing House: http:/ CPH Media Room: htt //eph.mediaroom.cony Words of Life from the Cross: hito:/ He Was Crucified: http /bit,wDUdF a Concordia Publishing House is a not-for-profit publishing company and the publisher of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The company offers more than 8,000 products for use in Christian congregations, schools, and homes. Visit CPH on the Web at htto:/www.cph.ora, Media Resources: (Scribd \View this or previous releases or download via Word or POF on Scribd < ate News Facts: + Four other Lent—Easter worship programs are also available: Sacred Head, Now Wounded: Our Suffering Savior, Lamb of God, Pure and Holy; Revelation for Lent. + He Was Cructtied displays masterpieces of Western art with the expert analysis of a medical doctor. Tags: Concordia+Publishing+House, Lent, Easter, worship resource, Lent devotional, Easter devotional, Lent preaching, Easter preaching