old saying goes, “March comes in like
a lion and goes out like a lamb!” Of course
that is a reference to how this month is a pivotal
one weather-wise. The lion is winter, and the
lamb is spring. It may start out rough, cold,
snowy and windy, but it will surely go out warmer
and more docile. This year it is interesting
how the calendar lines up with Lent and Holy
Week. The entire final two-thirds of Lent and
Holy Week fall in the month of March, ending
exactly when March ends. As we enter this month
faith-wise (not weather-wise), it really cannot
be identified as a lion. Lent is that time for
fasting, prayer, almsgiving and engaging in
works of love. It is a time when we aren’t
as joyful in our worship, and we remember our
mortality and need for God’s love for
eternal life. There isn’t much “lion-like”
about that if you ask me!
But when we look at the end of the month, I
can honestly say that it will go out like a
lamb, faith-wise. John the Baptist said, “Behold
the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
world!” (John 1:29) We read in Revelation,
“Worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive
power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor
and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12)
And all of this was foretold by Isaiah, “He
was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he
did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is
led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that
before its shearers is silent, so he did not
open his mouth.” (Isaiah 5:7)
Indeed, whatever the weather is this year, March
will go out like a lamb – like the Lamb
of God: who takes away the sin of the world
… who was silent when he was led to the
slaughter … and (most importantly) is
worthy of our honor, glory and blessing! March
ends with Holy Week, and we will participate
in this in a new and powerful way this year
on Palm/Passion Sunday. Our passion reading
will be a piece written by Walter Wangerin for
congregational use called “The Cry of
the Whole Congregation.” I think that
it will be very effective in helping all of
us experience the suffering that the Lamb of
God went through. Our Maundy Thursday service
will be like last year – an “Agape
Meal” in the education unit followed by
the stripping of the altar. And on Good Friday
the combined choirs of Clinton Heights and North
Community will present “The Service of
Darkness.” We will also have some traditional
parts of the Good Friday service as well. Finally,
the last day of March is Holy Saturday, when
I encourage you to quietly consider the death
that Jesus endured in order to express the love
that God has for all of us.
March will go out like a lamb this year. And
then, April will come in with laughter! Easter
is April 1 – Aprils Fools Day! Be ready
to come and laugh that day, as we laugh at the
devil for thinking that he defeated God when
Jesus died. The joke is on him, and on everyone
who thinks that they can kill the love of God
on a cross!
During the Sundays of Lent, the adult Sunday
School class will be studying some of the
"I am..." sayings of Jesus from the
Gospel of John.
25 I am the Bread of Life from John 6:35-40
March 4 I am the Light of the World from John
March 11 I am the Door from John 10:1-10
March 18 I am the Good Shepherd from John 10:11-18
March 25 I am the Resurrection and the Life
from John 11:17-27
Join us in the parlor at 8:45 each Sunday morning
for this series.
MID-WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
This year we will once again partner with North
Community Lutheran Church on Morse Road for
our mid-week Lenten services. Our theme will
be A Journey to the Cross, and each week the
scripture reading and focus of the sermon will
be on one of the stories traditionally shared
at the Easter Vigil service.
February 21 Creation Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a
February 28 Flood Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18;
March 7 Deliverance at the Red Sea Exodus 14:10-31;
March 14 Salvation Freely Offered Isaiah 55:1-11
March 21 Fiery Furnace Daniel 3: 1-29
Wednesday we will gather here at Clinton Heights
at 11:30 a.m.
with soup and bread lunch after worship,
and at 7:30 p.m. at North Community with supper
before at 6:30 p.m.
During Lent, Clinton Heights is collecting toilet
paper (any size package) and diapers (sizes
4, 5, and 6) for the Lutheran Social Services
Food Pantries. These items are always needed
and in short supply. You may put your donations
in the designated container in the church narthex.
If you wish to make a monetary donation, the
purchases will be made for you; please designate
“Lenten Ingathering” on your check
made out to “Clinton Heights.”
The Men’s Bible Study for March will focus
on the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
as recorded in Luke 18:9-14. We will especially
discuss how this story can help us men as we
consider what it means to open up to God in
appropriate ways in our prayer life. Join us
Saturday, March 10, at 9:00 for some coffee
and/or breakfast. Our study goes from 9:30 to
10:30, ending with prayer.
– APRIL 1
EASTER SUNDAY CROSS
are invited to bring some fresh-cut flowers
to place on our old rugged cross to make it
a symbol of beauty and joy. Attach them any
time before the worship service on the chicken
wire surrounding the cross.
Join us at the annual Easter Breakfast, served
8:30-9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, as we celebrate
the Resurrection of Our Lord. We will need lots
of volunteers to prepare and serve the breakfast.
Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
Easter Sunday, all children are invited to participate
in the Easter Egg Hunt at Clinton Heights. Meet
in the Gathering Room at 9:15 a.m. to begin
PALM SUNDAY/SUNDAY OF THE PASSION
MARCH 25 10:00 A.M.
PASSION READING: THE CRY OF THE WHOLE CONGREGATION
TRIDUUM: THE GREAT THREE DAYS OF OUR REDEMPTION
SUNDOWN OF THURSDAY TO SUNDOWN OF SUNDAY
MARCH 29 7:00 P.M.
AGAPE MEAL WITH HOLY COMMUNION
STRIPPING OF THE ALTAR
MARCH 30 7:30 P.M.
CANTATA: THE SERVICE OF DARKNESS
SUNG AT CLINTON HEIGHTS BY THE CHOIRS OF CLINTON
HEIGHTS & NORTH COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCHES
OF OUR LORD
FESTIVAL SERVICE 10:00 A.M.
EASTER BREAKFAST 8:30-9:30 A.M.
KIDS’ ACTIVITIES & EGG HUNT 9:15 A.M.
Mary Martha – Tuesday –March 13–
Study Leader: Monica Ray Hostess: Carol Myers
Lydia Ruth – Wednesday – March 14
– 10:00 a.m.
Lenten Service and Lunch
March Bible Study: We are still exploring Multiple
meanings: Learning from other interpretations
with Mark Allan Powell. This time our discussion
will center on Luke 10:30-37, the story of the
Good Samaritan. This should be interesting!
Nancy’s Place/CHOICES: Many generous people
made for a nice delivery to Lutheran Social
Services in February. Anne Saylor delivered
44 combs, 11 hand washes, 27 conditioners and
32 shampoos, 42 bars of soap, 27 body lotions,
4 feminine hygiene products, 3 deodorants, 1
tooth brush and 2 tooth pastes along with 27
very useful miscellaneous items. We also donated
a nice batch of Christmas cards and 23 current
calendars. The bright pink donation basket is
always by the coat racks. As always, we thank
you for your kindness.
you for your support of our Water for Puerto
Rico collection in February. We will let you
know how much was donated for this excellent
cause in the next newsletter.
urges you to support the Lenten ingathering
for Lutheran Social Service Food Pantries during
March. We will collect toilet paper (any size
package) and diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6). Even
though a new food pantry system is being implemented
from now through the spring, these two items
are always needed and in short supply.
events for your calendar: May 6th is the Central
Ohio WELCA Spring Gathering. More information
about time and location will follow. May 6th
is also our annual Rachel’s Day remembrance
when we pray for children who are victims of
Social Services Auxiliary will meet March 17th
at 11:30 at St. John Lutheran, 3220 Columbus
Street, Grove City OH 43123. We will assemble
the “welcome baby bags” we have
been collecting items for during the last 2
years. These bags will be distributed to expecting
mothers through our LSS pantry system. If you
have any baby items to donate (diapers size
N and 1), bibs, blankets, onesies, wipes…anything
for a new baby) please bring them March 4 and
11. Hope to see you at St. John on the 17th
as this should be a fun meeting.