In celebration of Reformation 500, this year’s midweek Lenten services will focus on the various parts of Luther’s Small Catechism. The Greek word katecho means to sound again or from above, and this type of Christian instruction (“repeat after me”) was already being used in the earliest days of the Christian church. Luther used various parts of the catechism in his preaching even before the Reformation, and began to write the Small and Large Catechisms in the late 1520s as a response to the “spiritual distress” observed in many parishes. Consider the Catechism as an introduction to Scripture. During Lent, we will be hearing again and learning the 5 essential parts of the Small Catechism: 10 Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer and the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Once again, we will be worshipping using Holden Evening Prayer, and welcoming visiting pastors from our sister churches of Bethlehem, Grace, Epiphany (Eagle Lake) and Redeemer (Good Thunder). Services will be at 5:00 and 6:00pm beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1.