2020 Lenten Series

O come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Gradual for Lent, based on Hebrews 12:2) When the characters in the Passion narrative look at Jesus, what do they see? In most cases, people misunderstood who He is and what He was doing. In some cases, by faith, people recognized Him aright. Our Lenten series this year, based on the Gospel according to St. Mark, will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. We will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake.

 On Ash Wednesday, we will see how the disciples with “Misjudging Eyes” fail to recognize the preparations being made for His death and burial. Then, we will look through Judas’s “Betraying Eyes” and learn why he did this awful deed. “Sleepy Eyes” deals with how Peter, James, and John cannot keep their eyes open to watch and pray with Jesus for even an hour. Come stare into the “Denying Eyes” of Peter and the other apostles as they deny Jesus, which leads to those same eyes weeping in remorse. Will you identify with the chief priests and scribes saw Jesus  through “Murderous Eyes” -as nothing more than an obstacle to be rid of by murdering Him through the Roman judicial system? Dare to look through the “Worldly Eyes” of Pilate, the Jewish leaders, and the Roman soldiers who cannot see beyond their cravings for fame and success in this world. 

 On Maundy Thursday, see anew that there is “More Than Meets the Eye” to the Lord’s Supper. Then, on Good Friday, we look through “God’s Eyes” to see what is happening during the Passion: the once-for-all atonement for the sin of the whole world and the justification of all sinners on Easter.

 Finally, Easter Sunday has us gaze upon “Angel Eyes.” The angel in the tomb knows the whole story of Jesus’ resurrection. When he sees the women, he proclaims the Gospel to them, shows them where Jesus’ body had formerly lain, and tells them that they can see Jesus themselves in Galilee. Likewise, the “angels” or messengers of the Church in the apostolic ministry tell God’s people where they can find Jesus and His salvation in the Means of Grace.

 Eyes on Jesus will continuously focus our eyes on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried, and risen for our justification. This is a vision that will never disappoint, for by trusting in Jesus, He promises that we will gaze upon His beautiful face now by faith and forever in heaven!

 Ash Wednesday,  February 26,  7:00 PM “Misjudging Eyes”—Mark 14:1–9 

March 4: “Betraying Eyes”—Mark 14:10–21, 32, 41–46

March 11: “Sleepy Eyes”—Mark 14:32–42 

March 18: “Denying Eyes”—Mark 14:26–31, 66–72 

March 25: “Murderous Eyes”—Mark 14:1–2, 53–65 

April 1: “Worldly Eyes”—Mark 15:1–20 

Holy Thursday, April 9: “More Than Meets the Eye”—Mark 14:22–25

Good Friday April 10, 1:30 and 7:00: “God’s Eyes”—Mark 15:21–39 

Easter  Sunrise April 12, 6:30 AM and 9:00 AM  “Angel Eyes”—Mark 16:1–8 

 Palm Sunday April 5, 9:00 AM

Holy Thursday, April 9: 7:00 PM “More Than Meets the Eye”—Mark 14:22–25

Good Friday April 10, 1:30 and 7:00 PM: “God’s Eyes”—Mark 15:21–39 

Easter  Sunrise April 12, 6:30 AM and 9:00 AM  “Angel Eyes”—Mark 16:1–8 

Easter Breakfast at 7:45 AM