Midweek Lent Services

Lent from the margins 2018

2018 Lenten Worship Series

“Lent from the Margins”

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Trinity Sanctuary

Feb. 21 – The Forgotten Woman (Matt. 26:6-13)
Feb. 28 – Risky Hospitality (Luke 22:10-13)
March 7 – Victim of Violence (Luke 22:50-51)
March 14 – In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
March 21 – Flip-Flopper (Luke 23:47)

We will use the contemporary vespers service, Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen. There also will be time for laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing. (Note: We will not be having Lenten meals on Wednesday evenings this year.)

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Liturgical Music for Lent


A view of Nazareth, with the Basilica of the Annunciation in the center.

During the season of Lent, we will use liturgical pieces by Middle Eastern composers, primarily by Yusuf Khill (b. 1931), who was the director of music at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth (photo above). The church is built on the site of what was believed to have been Mary’s home, where she received news from the Angel Gabriel. We will sing the Kyrie, Holy, Holy, and Lamb of God from Mr. Khill’s “Mass of the Holy Family,” which he wrote in Nazareth.

Nazareth is known as “the Arab capital of Israel.” Its citizens are 69% Muslim and 31% Christian. Lebanon is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East, having 54% Muslim citizens and 41% Christians.

The musical setting of the Lord’s Prayer we will be using throughout Lent was written by Laila Constantine, a composer from Lebanon. Below is an image of a plate from Lebanon with the Lord’s Prayer printed in Arabic.

Lords Prayer Arabic

Our Father

الذِي فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ
‘alladhī fī as-samāwāt,
Who art in heaven,

لِيَتَقَدَّسَ اسْمُكَ.
li-ya-ta-qaddas-i asm-u-ka.
Hallowed be thy name.

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Sermon: Feb. 18, 2018

First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

You probably the Noah story well enough to remember that the animals get on the ark two by two, but I really like the collective nouns that describe larger groups of animals—you know, a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese, a pride of lions, and—my favorite—an ostentation of peacocks. But this week I read a poem that introduced me to a new collective noun: a target of children. Continue reading

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Sermon: Feb. 11, 2018


2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

John’s Gospel begins with a description of Jesus as light shining in the darkness, a light no darkness can overcome. Later John has Jesus announcing that he is the Light of the World. Mark’s Gospel has none of that poetic language; instead Mark tries to communicate the idea of God’s glory through images and stories like this one—with Jesus shining brightly on a mountaintop in the middle of the day, flanked by Moses and Elijah. There are no words for the  divine splendor he longs to convey, any more than there are words to communicate the beauty of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean, or a new baby’s cry, or the smell of your favorite dish being cooked by someone who loves you. If you’ve ever had a moment when everything was so magnificent that words failed you, then you understand this story of the Transfiguration as much as anyone can. It’s no wonder Peter exclaims, “It is good to be here!” Continue reading

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News from Hong Kong

Dear friends at Trinity in Madison:

From a chilly Hong Kong (40s outside, 50s inside), I am pleased to send you my latest newsletter, in which you will meet the members of Centre Lutheran Church, where I serve as a sacramental minister. They would love to meet you in return, so please do use my email address to send them photos, stories, and words of encouragement from your congregation. Whatever you send I will bring with me the next time I go to Centre Lutheran.

Here is a special note for the knitters at Trinity in Madison. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the soft, warm prayer shawl. It lives in my office and I use it daily. Not only does it keep me warm on the outside but it also gives me a sense of peace and warmth inside. Your gift is much appreciated.


Carolyn Schneider
ELCA missionary in Hong Kong

February newsletter from Hong Kong

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