From the time of Jesus' crucifixion, Christians have been persecuted for their beliefs. In early days, they were sent into areas with lions and bears for the amusement of the Romans. One Roman emperor had them dipped in tar, tied to tall stakes, and set afire as torches to light his garden party. Later, Christian martyrs were burned at the stake or sent to prisons rather than deny Christ. Even today, Christians are being killed in the Middle East for their fidelity to Christ and His teachings.
Little in the way of sacrifice is asked of us modern-day Christians at LPC. But during this Lenten Season, there is one sacrifice that all of us can make, and it costs us nothing but one hour of our time.
After Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples, he took some of them with him to Gethsemane to pray for deliverance from the terrible fate that lay before him. He prayed so fervently that drops of blood actually appeared on his forehead. He needed some kind of human companionship during those long hours of his last night, but his friends fell asleep, leaving Jesus to suffer his anguish alone.
You can "be with Jesus" for one hour during the night following the Maundy Thursday Service on March 24th. Starting at 8:30 p.m., an all-night prayer vigil will take place. This is an opportunity for each of us to make the small sacrifice of spending just one hour in prayer as a symbolic act of support for our Lord. Please add your name to the sign-up posters in the Narthex or Benz Hall.
A police officer will be parked at the side door of the Sanctuary to provide security. The Prayer Vigil will end on Good Friday at 8:30 a.m., the day Christ died for our sins. For more information, please contact Pat Bloebaum.