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Dust You Are...

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Look hundreds of people in the eye and tell them that they are going to die.  It is an emotional experience.

  • The elderly… Dust you are…
  • The man whose spouse has just died… Dust you are…
  • The woman battling cancer… Dust you are…
  • The smallest child…  Dust you are…
  • My own wife… Dust you are…

The ashes of last year’s Palm Sunday palms are smeared on forehead or hand. Tears well up in my eyes and the eyes of others.

“Dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

But there is hope in this somber moment.

Those smudged ashes are in the shape of a cross.

One event changes death. One death changes our death. One death makes our death just a sleep from which we shall awaken, refreshed, new, joyful, without a care in the world.

This is the message of Lent. One death for us.

If the cross were perfectly formed on our foreheads and in our hearts, we would already enjoy that joy and peace of heaven.

But the smudged cross is often lop-sided, or very faint. Often we struggle to apply the truth of that one death to our lives and the challenges we face.

That’s why we gather at Lent.

“Pastor, dip your finger into the ashes again. Trace that sign of the cross more clearly, more completely on my forehead or my hand. But not just there. In my heart as well.”

“Dust you are and to dust you shall return.”

Receive the sign of the cross this Lenten season.

Weekends (Click here for service times)

Our theme is “His Pain Our Gain.” Join us as we see that Jesus' victory in the wilderness is our own. Prepare for worship by reading the lesson by clicking here. (Luke 4:1-13)

Wednesdays at 3:30 & 7:00 pm  

Our theme is “Ironies of the Passion.” Next Wednesday Professor Al Sorum of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will lead us in a study of the words of the High Priest Caiaphas as he plotted Jesus’ murder: “It is better that one man die for the people.”

Online Resources

If you missed any of the Me? Friend of All message series, you can watch the message, listen to a podcast, or download a printed copy of the message (click here). If you can’t make it to worship this weekend, you can join the live stream of The Bridge at 10:15 by clicking here.

Easter for Kids

Register your child(ren) for the Saturday, April 13 Easter for Kids by clicking here. You may also register to help with the event.

School Enrollment for Fall

Enroll your child now for the fall in our Christian school, 3K to 8th grade. Our participation in the Parental Choice programs and generous financial aid help make Christian education accessible for every family. Click here to schedule a visit. Share the link with a friend.

Call News

Attached is a letter from Mr. Jeff Wetzel announcing that he is returning his call to Trinity Lutheran in Caledonia. We rejoice that his ministry among us continues!

Also attached is a letter from Mrs. Christel Strutz acknowledging receipt of her call to teach 3rd grade in our school. She currently teaches 3rd and 4th grade at St. Paul’s Cudahy.

Please also keep Mr. Mike Westendorf in your prayers as he considers our call to serve as Resident Musical Artist/Director of Video Production, part of the plan approved last year to give Pastor Bonack time to pursue a masters in mental health counseling.

Also attached is the St. Paul’s News.

God bless your mediation on God’s Word this Lenten season.

Pastor Pete

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