From the Pastor – March 2015

Dear parishioners and friends of Shepherd of the Valley,

Ash WednesdayOnce, a minister tried a different approach on Ash Wednesday. Instead of individually marking people with ashes, he slung a shovel full of Palm ashes at his surprised congregation. One parishioner was heard to remark in a whispered gasp “This is a terrible imposition.”

Sadly, more and more people either ignore Lent or regard this penitential season as an imposition. Yet, others take a more positive approach to Lent by subtracting things from their lives – losing 20 pounds, or giving up sweets and other pleasures hoping for some better version of themselves. Continue reading

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admin : February 26, 2015 11:19 am : All, Pastor

Coming Soon – SOV Easter Egg Hunt

SOV Easter Egg Hunt – April 4th

Saturday, April 4th SOV will be having it’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in Groton.  Mark your calendars, hold that date and come back here for more information.

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admin : February 25, 2015 7:28 pm : Children’s Ministry, Ministries

The Tree of Life – Midweek Lenten Series

SOV Midweek Lenten Series – The Tree of Life

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Our Midweek Lenten series “Tree of Life” will begin on Wednesday, February 25th and will take place at 7 pm each Wednesday evening through March 25th. “Many world religions use the image of the tree of life when depicting their central beliefs and values. For Christians, that tree of life is the cross.” (Sundays and Seasons, p.112, Augsburg Fortress)

Each week a scripture passage and a hymn will illumine the cross of Christ as our tree of life.

February 25 – The tree of life in Eden is given, and then denied.
March 4 – God will transform the low tree into the tree of life.
March 11 – We hold fast to wisdom, as if it were the very tree of life.
• March 18 – The mustard bush is a tree of life only in a hidden way.
• March 25 – Love, joy, peace, patience… are fruits of the tree of life.

All are welcome to attend this five part Lenten series.

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admin : February 22, 2015 6:37 pm : Ministries, Prayer Ministry, Worship Ministry

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