"Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Nain's 106th Annual Meeting
Sunday | January 26 | 12:00 pm
All are invited to the meeting, and voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. Prior to the meeting, there will be a fellowship meal served in the fellowship hall. All are invited to join us, even if you are not able to stay for the meeting.
Ash Wednesday Divine Service & the Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday | February 26 | 7:00 pm
On Ash Wednesday, we will mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent with a service of Word and Sacrament beginning at 7:00 pm. The service will begin in silence, followed by the reading of Psalm 51, Instruction for the Beginning of Lent, the Confession of Sins, and then a rite called the "Imposition of Ashes." Please note the following about this rite:
- The purpose of this custom is to proclaim God’s law, reminding us of our need for Jesus’ redeeming grace since sin brings death and our bodies will turn to dust. The ashes placed on the worshipper in the shape of the cross also remind us that because of Christ and his death, our guilt has been removed.
- Participation in this rite is voluntary; worshippers will not be required or expected to take part. Observing this custom or not doing so does not make one’s repentance more real, nor one’s faith more sincere. In matters where God has neither commanded nor forbidden something in Scripture, we enjoy the Christian freedom – having been liberated by Jesus’ blood shed for us – to make certain God pleasing decisions in life and express our saving faith in various ways.
- Those who wish to receive ashes will be ushered up to the chancel single file where Pastor will use ashes to draw a cross on their forehead (or the back of their hand) while saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (cf. Genesis 3:19). After receiving the ashes, participant will walk back to their pew.
- After the rite, the service will continue with the Absolution - the proclamation that though we deserve eternal death, we are forgiven by the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ - and the continue as normal.
If you have any questions about this practice, please speak with Pastor Berg.
Midweek Lenten Services
Wednesdays | March 4 - April 1 | 7:00 pm
After Ash Wednesday, we will continue to hold midweek services on the subsequent five Wednesdays during Lent. Our order of worship will be Evening Prayer. At each service, we will read through a portion of the Passion History from the Gospel of St. Matthew. We hope you can join us as we follow Jesus’ journey to the cross from Gethsemane to Golgotha.