Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“...they will hand him (Jesus) over… to be mocked and flogged and crucified.” – Matthew 20:19

Our Lenten Journey

Dear Friend,

            Lent begins this year with Ash Wednesday on February 17.  Like most things during this pandemic, our Lenten observances this year will be somewhat different than most years.  And still, I think that this season of Lent can be a meaningful time in our faith journeys.

            Like most years, we are planning to have two in-person services on Ash Wednesday – one at 1:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m.  Our Ash Wednesday service will be recorded and will be posted on YouTube for those worshipping at home.  Unlike most years, we will NOT be having suppers and midweek Lenten services on the other Wednesday evenings in Lent.  Although it is too early to know for sure, hopefully we will be able to have all of our Holy Week services in-person this year.

            I and other pastors of the area will be providing community Lenten services online every Wednesday in Lent.  The theme for the Lenten series this year will be “Darkness Came Over.”  Details on how you can watch these online worship services will come later.

            On each of the 40 days of Lent, I will be doing a series on “The Passion Story in the Gospel of Matthew” for Salem’s Daily Devotion.  A daily devotion book for Lent is also available at our church.  The theme for these Lenten devotions this year is “A Story to Tell.”

            I hope that all these ways will help us to ponder what the suffering and death of our Lord means for us today.  May God bless and guide us in our Lenten journey.

Your Friend in Christ,

Pastor Wayne