MARINETTE — Local Lutheran churches will begin their Lenten journey Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, with services at Our Savior’s Lutheran,1600 University Drive, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Zion Lutheran, 2714 James St., at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and St. James Lutheran, 1402 Main St., at 5 p.m., under the theme, “Shaking Off the Dust: The Promise of Easter,” when the brokenness and need for the new life promised within the Resurrection is remembered.
The dust of the smeared ashes is a physical sign of that brokenness and the promise of Easter shakes off that dust, not with subtlety, but like an earthquake, where things that were immovable are broken apart, in order to bring new life. The churches will hold services that will explore some of the Biblical events and prophesies that take on this earthquake character of the Resurrection.
The themes, preachers and places of these upcoming services include: Feb. 21 — Rev. George Olson speaking about Elijah and the earthquake at Mt. Horeb; Feb. 28 — Rev. Lee Goodwin, Nehemiah shakes the powerful to care for the poor; March 7 — Rev. Rick DeBenedetto, The inner shaking of repentance; March 14 — Rev. Jim Wendt, The earthquake at the Crucifixion; and March 21 — Rev. Keith Kolstad, The earthquake at the Resurrection.
Worship and soup suppers will be held at Zion Lutheran, Feb. 21 and 28 and at Our Savior’s March 7, 14 and 21 at 5:15 p.m. and worship services at 6 p.m. For more information, persons may call the church at 715-735-3101.