Pause and Pray

Each day at 6:00 pm, pause and pray, knowing that your brothers and sisters in faith are doing the same. "Feel the power" of prayer together.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 17 th with Ash Wednesday. Mid-week Lenten worship, including Ash
Wednesday will be at 6:30. In order to minimize use of the church there will be no in-person or drive-in mid-
week worship. All mid-week services will be done live via Facebook live stream.
This year’s Mid-week worship theme will be the promises made the Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism i.e.
confirmation services:
- To live among God’s faithful people,
- To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper,
- To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed.
- To serve all people, following the example of Jesus.
- To strive for justice and peace in all the earth
Lent has been and still is in some denominations a time to instruct people prior to their baptism on Easter Eve
and so it’s appropriate for us to revisit these baptismal promises.
Liturgical Note and Ash Wednesday and Easter Day
Have you ever wondered why does the date of Ash Wednesday changes each year? That is because Ash
Wednesday is based on what day Easter Sunday is and as you know the Sunday that Easter is changes each year
as well. So why does the date for Easter Sunday always move around? It is due to the way the Christian
Church figures out when Easter will be.
This is how it works. In the western church Easter is on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon
that occurs after the first day of spring. Once that date is determined you count back 40 days from Easter
Sunday - not counting Sundays - and you will arrive at the date of Ash Wednesday.
Take this year for example: Easter is on Sunday, April 4 th . It is on that day because the first full moon that
occurs after March 21 st - which is the first full day of spring – is on Sunday evening, March 28 th . That being the
case, the first Sunday after March 28 th is the following week: April 4 th which is Easter Sunday. Now that you
know the date of Easter, count back 40 days from April 4 th - remember, do not count any Sundays - and you
arrive at February 17 th , Ash Wednesday.

Aurora Lutheran Church
a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
6329 SE 38th Street, Owatonna, MN 55060​

Pastor Dale Svendsen