St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran
 Church 

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.


 
 
Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday Youth Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

Monday Evening
Worship Service
7:00 pm
 
Come and Worship with Us!
 

 Christian Resources For You!

http://issuesetc.org/

http://higherthings.org/


 

DEACONESS DISCUSSION

Life In Lent

Suffering is vast in this world. It surrounds us. Haunts us. Envelopes our every thought, word, and action. This becomes even more evident during Lent. Whether it’s a personal suffering or world suffering you don’t have to look very hard to see it in your life. Some suffering seems worse than others or as if some have to endure more than their fair share but, the truth is we are all suffering. We are suffering in sin. We are suffering in sickness. We are suffering in tragedy. We are suffering so much we just see overwhelming darkness; it is hard to see the end, to see the light.

So, what are you supposed to do? What are any of us supposed to do?

Often people say, “We’re just taking it day by day”. That is literally all their suffering allows them to think about, that day. It’s not such a terrible thing because Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  However, it can take the joy out of life and make it difficult to “rejoice in the Lord always” if your day is only focusing on your suffering. Often, hope is lost in times of suffering or the hope is just that the suffering will end. Survival mode gets us through these rough times but, it’s not living. The longer this period is the more draining it becomes. This is why even in the middle of suffering we need to do more than just survive, we need to look to Jesus’s suffering and receive life.

Suffering doesn’t take our life from us if our life is in Jesus. Jesus himself warns our suffering in this life will be great and we are especially reminded of that during the Lenten season. Our world is so evil and corrupt that God himself was killed and we are promised to follow in His footsteps. Yet, we pick up our crosses and follow Him knowing it’s not all for nothing. Knowing it is through His suffering we receive Life. Through His blood, we are redeemed. Through His death, we are set free. We find hope in His resurrection that just as we have died in Christ, we rise in Him as well. We find strength in the fact the fight has already been fought and Jesus is the victor. We find comfort knowing Jesus will return again to take us all home to be with Him where there will be no more tears, pain, or suffering. We get to partake in this Life every time we gather together around the altar. This life of suffering is short but, our life in glory is long! This may not take the sting out of our suffering but, it does remind us that there is Life in Lent. 

 

Welcome Aboar Deaconess

In Christ,

Deaconess Katelyn Hansen