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Drawn to the Cross

A Devotional Journey for Lent 2011
St John's Lutheran Church and School
La Grange, Illinois


Week of
Ash Wednesday
Mar 9 - 12




Mar 9
Thursday Mar 10
Friday Mar 11
Saturday Mar 12

March 14-April 13

Monday 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday Noon

Holy Week
April 17-23
Three Days of Prayer
Together at the Cross

Mon 4/18 - 7:00 p.m.
Tue  4/19 - 7:00 p.m.
Wed 4/20 - 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday
   Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday
   Noon and 7:00 p.m.
   (Tenebrae @7p.m)

Easter Sunday
April 24

6:30 a.m.
Sunrise Service

8:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Festival Worship with choirs, handbells and orchestra.

Easter Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

View Previous Years of Devotions from St. John's Archive

Lent 2010
Love Letters

Lent 2009
Meet! Experience! Live!

Lent 2008
United in Prayer





This Lenten devotional book invites you to share a journey as pilgrims of faith who seek Jesus and grow deeper in our relationship with him. In this venture, we are not alone. We are among multitudes, countless as the stars, who have walked in his steps. Immediately surrounding you are the members and friends that make up the family we affectionately call, St. John’s. Dozens of them have come together to write for our journey. Hundreds will share the journey with you. When you open your Bible and this booklet, be encouraged that many others are joining you and praying for you. We’re better together. Jesus wouldn’t have it any other way and he’s chosen the meeting place: the cross. “When I am lifted up…” he says, “I will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:32)

The Gospel of Matthew is central to this journey. We will read it in its entirety. Consider reading it more than once. The daily devotions recommend a daily reading which will guide us in one complete trip together through the Gospel. Matthew invites us to meet Jesus through a marvelous kaleidoscope of his ministry. At the center of each turn of the page is the cross.

Lutherans admittedly read the Bible with this bias. From cover to cover, Old Testament and New, we are drawn to Jesus and his cross. Martin Luther taught, “the cross of Christ is the only instruction in the Word of God there is; [it is] the purest theology.” Read Matthew with this lens and you’ll see each facet of Jesus’ story drawing us deeper into the cross—the place of our healing, redemption, peace, joy and our very life! As the hymn so beautifully recalls,

“Drawn to the cross which thou has blest,
with healing gifts for souls distressed,
to find in thee my life my rest….”

Join us now on this sacred journey. Let’s meet Jesus at the cross. Experience the support of a church by doing this together. And live as disciples who exclaim with soul refreshing relief,

“Christ crucified, I come!”