What’s on your calendar?

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February

  • 28th: Wednesday Lenten service, 7:00 p.m.

March

  • 2nd – 3rd: Men’s Retreat at NELHS
  • 7th: Wednesday Lenten service, 7:00 p.m.
  • 10th: Knight Out NELSH Fundraiser
  • 11th: Daylight Saving Time begins
  • 14th: Wednesday Lenten service, 7:00 p.m.
  • 21st: Wednesday Lenten service, 7:00 p.m.
  • 25th: Palm Sunday,  10:30 a.m.
  • 29th: Maundy Thursday,  7:00 p.m.
  • 30th: Good Friday, 7:00 p.m.

April

  • 1st: Easter Sunday
  • + 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
    + 9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
    + 10:00-10:15 a.m. Egg Hunt
    + 10:30 a.m. Easter Worship Service

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Abide, O Dearest Jesus

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Abide, O dearest Jesus, among us with your grace
That Satan may not harm us nor we to sin give place.

Abide, O dear Redeemer, among us with your Word
And thus now and hereafter true peace and joy afford.

Abide with heavenly brightness among us, precious Light;
Your truth direct and keep us from error’s gloomy night.

Abide with richest blessings among us, bounteous Lord;
Let us in grace and wisdom grow daily through your Word.

Abide with your protection among us, Lord, our Strength,
Lest world and Satan fell us and overcome at length.

Abide, O faithful Savior, among us with your love;
Grant steadfastness and help us to reach our home above.

……………………………………………………………………………Josua Stegmann, 1628

 

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Never in darkness

sun lakeWhen Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~  John 8:12

Ash Wednesday (February 14th) is the start of Lent.  This is a special time for reflecting on the love that Jesus Christ has for us.  He died to save us, because we could not save ourselves.  It’s easy to forget about that love when activities and pressures surround us every day.  These things weigh on our minds and they sometimes leave us almost breathless–so we pray: Dearest Jesus, in the midst of our fast-moving lives, give us the quiet times that we need for reflection and rest, and keep our minds at peace.  Amen

Please join us on Wednesday evenings this Lent, beginning February 14th at 7:00 p.m., for a time of quiet reflection on Jesus, our Savior, the Light of the World.

Lenten & Easter Services at Living Hope

 

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Transfiguration Sunday ~ February 11th

transfigJesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant. . …………….  Mark 9:2b-10

Transfiguration Sunday, February 11th
Sunday School & Bible Study at 9:30
Worship Service at 10:30

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You have the right to remain silent

Whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced.”  ~ Romans 3:19

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When we are convinced of our innocence, we naturally want to defend ourselves when we are accused.  We can’t wait to explain why we didn’t get our homework done or why we weren’t guilty of speeding.  Whenever we see people on television who do not take the stand to defend themselves, we naturally think they are guilty.  Why else wouldn’t they take the stand?  Wouldn’t they want to defend themselves – unless, of course, they actually are guilty.

When we are accused by God’s law of being “sinful,” we want to defend ourselves.  It is only natural to try and say something – anything – to try and defend our behavior or who we are.  “I was born this way!  God, you made me this way!  It was only natural for me to think or do or act that way.”  The law takes away these excuses and makes us realize there really is nothing we can say.  We are guilty.

What is the solution?  Remain silent.  Let your Defense Attorney do the talking.  He knows of a defense that makes Satan irate.  It is the Gospel – which declares that Jesus paid the penalty of sin on the cross.  It is the Gospel – which declares that we are given Jesus’ holiness through faith.  This payment of sin on the cross gives us the right to remain silent and find our defense only in Christ.   It is only when God says “not guilty” that we can then open our mouths, not to defend ourselves, but to praise Christ who is our sure defense and Savior.

Prayer: Dear Lord, there’s nothing I can say.  I am guilty.  There’s nothing I can do in my defense.  Yet you have done everything for me!  You sent your Son to take away my sins and to plead my case for me.  Lead me to praise and thank you for everything you have done! Amen.

WhatAboutJesus.com

Join us for Ash Wednesday Service on February 14th at 7:00 p.m.

This Lenten season, learn how Jesus obtained that “not guilty” verdict for us.

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Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s

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Worthy is the Lamb

In a loud voice [the angels] sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain.” ~ Revelation 5:12

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His name was Charles Jennens. Charles was a wounded, broken man. He was wounded and broken in spirit because of a tragic death in his family. But in his bouts of grief, he found comfort in the Word of God, especially in those passages that spoke to him about his Savior.

As a result, Charles decided to put together a set of lyrics that, he hoped, someone could set to music. The lyrics were unusual in that he lifted almost all of them from the Bible. They contained passages about his Savior—the same passages that had given him light in his moments of darkness.

As it happened, the set of lyrics Charles had put together did, indeed, catch the eye of a gifted composer. But that composer was under a cloud of sadness as well. A recent stroke, money troubles and a series of failures in his life had left him feeling defeated. But in those lyrics, the Word of God spoke to him—so much so that it moved him to pick up his pen.

He started slowly. But soon the music began to flow. Note after note, page after page, he worked from morning until night. He wrote non-stop for a week. One week became two, then three. In 24 short, explosive days, he was done. The sad composer had set to music a collection of Bible verses that brought comfort and strength to a man reeling from tragedy and pain.

The composer was George Frideric Handel. He entitled his composition, Messiah. In it, the Word of God proclaims the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It declares that Jesus is the One who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. It declares that Jesus is the One who has washed our every sin away. It declares that we have forgiveness and eternal life through faith in him, for Christ is risen from the dead.

At the conclusion of Messiah, the choir sings, Worthy is the Lamb. If you have a moment, find it on YouTube and listen. It is a song of victory and unbridled joy in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. The truth of that song will never fade. It will never fade because Jesus, our Messiah, lives.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. You have risen from death. Your promises are true. Move me to sing your praise with my life. Amen.

WhatAboutJesus.com

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Hope Sisters 2018

JPGsecretFebruary 1st will begin our 2018 “secret sisters” at Living Hope. The program is called, Hope Sisters.  Participants (women and confirmed teen girls) are encouraged to pray faithfully for their Hope Sister, and secretly give small tokens of friendship.

noteOur participants will be urged to think of “giving encouragement” rather than “gifts”. It’s perfectly fine to buy a card and pop it in the mail, but it is also okay to spend no money at all by making a card or writing a short note and putting it in your Hope Sister’s mailbox at church.  In December, you will reveal your identity to your Hope Sister.

If you wish to participate, please fill out the Hope Sisters form (click link) by January 28th.  It will be given to the person who will have your name.  Additional forms will be available at church.

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Knight Out ~ Raise the Roof!

 

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Knight Out is a chance to have fellowship with other NELHS supporters, alumni, and parents and to raise some money for roof replacement at Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, German American Society3717 South 120th ST, Omaha

  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Social Hour
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Catered German Meal
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Auction/Dessert
  • 8:00-10:00 p.m. – KOINE’

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