Lent
(February 14 - March 31)





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1974 sketch of the church by Karen Stoops, member Zion Lutheran Church
405 Hickory Street ; P.O. Box 68
Montpelier, Ohio 43543
(419) 485-8559
Zion1859@yahoo.com
 
Serving Christ in Northwestern Ohio since 1859



updated February 18, 2018

We are located in West Jefferson Township, south of Montpelier, Ohio, and north of Bryan, Ohio, just off of State Route 15. For information about our worship services, including our schedule and worship leaders, visit our worship page.

Liturgical Themes and reflections:
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten season. We gather for worship to give thanks for God's many blessings and to remember our mortality. We receive the sign of the cross, ashes pressed onto our foreheads, as a reminder that we are as sinful and disobedient as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We were created from the dust and back to the dust we will go. However, the cross is our focus. The cross that we bear is the same cross towards which we journey throughout this season. It is not an easy journey, but it is worth the result. The cross leads to death, the penalty for sin; but God places a twist on this horrific event - a twist that no one expected, but for which we are eternally grateful.

Lent is a liturgical season of repentence, a period of 40 days in which we take an honest look at who we are and how we live our lives. If we are truly honest, we will find at least one path that we have taken that leads us away from God rather than towards Him. We begin this season on Ash Wednesday with the truth revealed to us in Genesis that "From dust you came and to dust you will return," as a result of our sin. As we reflect on our own sin, how we have turned away from God, we are able to repent, to turn back towards God and away from the sin we committed. This year Ash Wednesday is on February 14, which is also the day that we remember the life of St. Valentine. The climax of the lenten season is Good Friday, the day on which we remember Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross. This time of remembering, reflection, and repentence reminds us of the great Love of the Father, His compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. We are reminded that He has not abandoned us nor has He forsaken us. He promises to be with us always. And we learn or are reminded that He is.

Transfiguration of Our Lord is the last Sunday after Epiphany before the start of Lent. It is a very special mountain top experience, in which the physical body of our Lord is transfigured (trans=change, figure=shape or form) to a spiritual form. Just a few (3 to be exact) of the 12 Disciples were witnesses to this special event. This event occured towards the end of Jesus' ministry and was confirmation that Jesus is the long awaited Messiah. From this point forward in Jesus' ministry, he heads toward his death on the cross. So it is for us: from this Sunday forward, we will journey toward the cross.