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Drawn to the Cross

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

First Week in Lent
March 13-19



Mar 13
Monday Mar 14
Tuesday Mar 15
Wednesday Mar 16
Thursday Mar 17
Friday Mar 18
Saturday Mar 19

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





March 13, 2011

No Fishing License Needed


Matthew 4:1-22


“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (v. 19)

My father had his doctorate in education and worked in the continuing education department of Michigan State University. However, if introduced to someone, rather than using Dr. Siehr, my dad would say “call me Hooks.” Hooks was the nickname he earned because he dearly loved to fish. He had many boxes of fishing gear, rods, a boat, and fishing licenses from several states.

When Jesus spoke the words “Follow Me” to Andrew and Peter, they were busy with their occupation of fishing. He chose them to be His followers, to leave their nets to fish for men. Their job would be to witness to others that Jesus, their friend and teacher, was also true God. The disciples responded immediately. Jesus equipped them with everything they needed to lead others to Him. What was ahead of them was witnessing the agony of Gethsemane and the cruel cross on which He was crucified on Calvary. They would join in the joy of His rising but would suffer much for the sake of His Name.

Just as my dad prepared for fishing by changing lures and cleaning and repairing equipment, we Christians need to prepare ourselves to “fish for souls.” We do this by studying His word daily, praying, and faithfully worshipping and communing. We do not go out alone; the Holy Spirit gives us the perfect equipment: The sweet message of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross which won salvation for us. We do not have to worry about an empty stringer! The Holy Spirit causes faith in the hearts of those to whom we share the Gospel message. The message will not return void.

In this Lenten season, as we again meet Jesus, the suffering Servant, may we feel compelled to confess our sins, accept His forgiveness, and live as His disciples, following Him and reaching out to others in love, so they can feel the support and love of a Christian church.



Dear Jesus, we are awed and humbled by the sacrifice you made on the cross because of your great love for us. Help us to be like those fishermen, Andrew and Peter, who left their nets and looked only to you for forgiveness and for their life's path. Make us bold to look to the physical and spiritual needs of others, inspired by your selfless love for us.

Marnie Smith