Return From Exile

Lent is the journey we make as we travel with Christ from the Mount of Transfiguration to Jerusalem, where He will face the cross and the grave for our sake.

The beginning of our journey is exile in the wilderness of sin and death.  From the first sin in the first garden, we have been exiled into the wilderness where we have wandered without any ability to find our way out.  But every journey also has a destination.  Our return from exile brings us into the promised land, the perfect place, the new garden, the courts of heaven – the ultimate destination which was established for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection.

There is great joy in the journey as we see where our returning brings us; but there is also a somber attitude when we consider what Christ faced on account of our sin.  Each leg of our Lenten journey begins in the Old Testament and continues into the New Testament, pointing us to the joy that is ours on account of Christ Jesus.

This year during Lent join us for the opportunity to contemplate the reality of your earthly journey, but with eyes always fixed on its destination – the empty tomb and the open gates of everlasting life – and with an underlying reality of joy as you hear proclaimed again that you do not walk this way alone!


Date Theme Preacher
February 14 “Heart to Heart: Sackcloth and Ashes to Robes of Righteousness” Pastor Paul Pett

(Redeemer, Green Bay)

February 21 “Tree to Tree: The Tree of Life to the Cross” Pastor Matt Baye

(Hope, DePere)

February 28 “Death to Resurrection: The Wilderness to the Promised Land” Pastor Paul Pett

(Redeemer, Green Bay)

March 7 “Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven” Pastor Mark Schumm

(Zion, Oneida)

March 14 “Mountain to Mountain: Mount Moriah to Mount Zion” Pastor Larry Yaw

(St. John, Pulaski)

March 21 “Out of Egypt: Through the Water” Pastor Austin Welter

(Zion, Wayside)


Midweek Lenten services are held at  3:30 pm and 6:30 pm, with Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.