Drowning Old Scratch
In Lent, Pastor Clark’s sermons will be celebrations of the victory Jesus won for us and all the world over the devil.
They will complement the Wednesday Lent book study on Reviving Old Scratch. Old Scratch is a nickname for the devil, and drowning has long been an image of what baptism into Jesus Christ does—drown sin and death, making people free.
March 5 Jesus tempted by Satan
March 12 Jesus with Nicodemus
March 19 Jesus with the woman at the well
March 26 Jesus healed a man born blind
April 2 Jesus raised Lazarus
April 9 Jesus arrested, executed on the cross, and buried
These very personal encounters—many one-on-one—reveal the battle Jesus joined for the sake of the world. More, they show what Jesus’ victory over the devil makes possible for real people, like us.
Reviving Old Scratch
Ash Wednesday falls on March 1. Worship with ashes, communion, and more from the Sermon on the Mount will be at 7 pm.
On following Wednesdays—for March 8 through April 5—St. Paul will continue its recent Lent tradition of soup supper, a book study, and evening prayer. This year, the book will be Reviving Old Scratch by Richard Beck. Evening prayer will be Holden Evening Prayer, a St. Paul favorite. As a special bonus, St. Paul will host Grand View University choir for a concert on Wednesday, March 8, instead of evening prayer.
The supper and study will be held in the Fellowship Hall. The concert and evening prayer will be in the sanctuary.
5:30 pm Soup Supper
6:15 pm Reviving Old Scratch book study
7:15 pm March 8: Grand View University choir concert
March 15 through April 5: Holden Evening Prayer
LENTEN BOOK STUDY
The devil has fallen on hard times. Surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt Satan’s existence. Burdened by doubts, skeptical believers find themselves divorced from Jesus’ dramatic confrontation with Satan in the Gospels and from the struggle that galvanized the early church.
In Reviving Old Scratch, popular blogger and theologian Richard Beck reintroduces the devil to the modern world with a biblical, bold, and urgent vision of spiritual warfare: we must resist the devil by joining the kingdom of God’s subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love.
Beck shows how conservative Christians too often overspiritualize the devil and demons, and progressive Christians reduce these forces to social justice issues. By understanding evil as a very real force in the world, we are better able to name it for what it is and thus to combat it as Jesus did.
Buy the book on your own or let Pastor Clark know by February 12 and he will order it for you; the cost is $15.
Ash Wednesday worship will be at 7:15 on March 1; on March 8 at 5:30 there will a soup supper and Grand View University Choir will present a concert at 7:15. Starting on March 15 our Wednesday Lent Schedule will be:
5:30 Soup Supper
6:15 Intergenerational Book Study of Reviving Old Scratch
7:15 Lenten Worship with Holden Evening Prayer