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Experience Lent with Servant of Christ

By Your Side

Join us on Wednesday evenings for our Lenten Services    

Our theme for Wednesday night’s during Lent of 2024 is By Your Side. Every Wednesday we will hear from a different speaker about how God has been by their side through good and difficult times. You are also invited to attend our Soup Supper at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please invite a friend or neighbor to share the meal and worship with us. Wednesday services will be available in person and livestreamed via YouTube, Facebook and on our website. 


February 14:  Ash Wednesday Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes Ashes are the traditional sign of sorrow and repentance and reminds us of our mortality. Receiving the sacrament tonight along with the imposition of ashes reminds us that though we are fallen and fallible people, God’s love triumphs over death and sin.


February 21: Jan Keleny, Servant of Christ Member

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I have great plans for you....Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Throughout the last 10 years I have found strength to do what I thought was impossible. I survived and am thriving because God is showing me all I can do. I know he has plans for me and everyday I thank him for this life because the scars show that I have lived. Now I just have to wait and see what God has in store for me next.


February 28: Amy Lynn, Para Educator Dayton Elementary School

There are moments in time when you need hindsight to see God by your side and then there are times when you know with every fiber of your being He never left. He held you. He gave you energy, strength, words, people, comfort, safety and security. August 13, 2022, a spiral of events occurred in my life and from that first phone call, that every parent dreads, through the three months that followed, never once did I not feel God by my side.  


March 6: Jason Paulson, Music Ministry Coordinator at SOC

Many believe that God communicates through the universal language of music, transcending words to touch the depths of the soul. In the rhythmic melodies and harmonious compositions, some find a divine expression that resonates with their spiritual journey.  It is in these moments of listening, where the whispers of the divine are felt, fostering a connection that transcends the tangible and reaches into the realm of the spiritual.


March 13: Rev. Paul Lutter

Dropped through a roof into the gracious arms of God. Mark 2: 1-12 The part of my testimony I will share happened in South Africa, at an orphanage called, Kenosis, which means, “self-emptied.” And I was: emptied, broken, free falling, alone. I couldn’t  even cry out to others, or even to God. I wanted to, but my words felt small against the trickle of life as I once knew it, slowly falling away. Three Lutheran South African nuns who ran the orphanage ran into me. And when they did, the words, the tears, and life — new life — began to return to me once more. And there, emptied, hope found me once more. Pastor Paul Lutter is an ELCA pastor who has just finished serving an interim in Plymouth, MN. He’s waiting for whatever God has next.  He also teaches in the religion department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University. He lives in Plymouth with his wife Jenny, daughter Annika, and Winnie the wonder puppy.


March 20: Susan Huemann, Dayton Elementary Music Teacher

I firmly believe that God is by our side in every moment, yet in some life moments that truth has been palpably evident to me. Tonight I am titling and sharing the following little personal story moments of God’s amazing presence: Holding God’s Hand, Egg and Bottle, The Long and Winding Road, a Car Full of Teenagers, You Can Let Go, I Care about Your Children, On the Gurney, Sleepless Night and In the Next.


Isaiah 46:3b-4 – I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.


Act 17:8 – “In him we live and move and have our being”

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