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4th & Ovington Avenues
Brooklyn NY  11209
Rev. Paul H. Knudsen
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Bethlehem Lutheran Church ®  |  4th & Ovington Avenues, Brooklyn NY 11209  |  718.748.9502
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

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Dear Members and Friends,

​What are you giving up for Lent? Is it chocolate? How about sugary desserts? Maybe you are going to stop drinking soda, or playing video games. Maybe you are going to go crazy and stop watching Alex Trabek for six weeks. No meat on Fridays? No red meat for Lent? No online shopping, no for over a month? What are you going to sacrifice for this holy season of Lent?

Bottom line: I don’t really care what you plan on sacrificing for Lent.

In the past, we have suggested, rather than giving something up, why don’t we do something extra for Lent. Are you going to start exercising? Will you commit to calling people you have not spoken to in a while? Eat better and get healthier? Consciously do something nice for someone every day? Visit that person in the nursing home or hospital? Attend worship every week? What is that extra thing you are going to do for this holy season of Lent?

Bottom line: I don’t really care what extra thing you plan on doing for Lent.

The disciplines of Lent are repentance, fasting, prayer and works of love. Are you planning to be especially repentant? Will you be fasting? Will you include intentional prayer during the six weeks of Lent? Are you going to consciously involve yourselves in works of love for the next month and a half? Will the disciplines of Lent be your priority during this most holy season of Lent?

Bottom line: I don’t really care whether these disciplines are your priority for Lent.

What do you do that brings you closer to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? What do you do that helps you feel Jesus’ Spirit alive in your life? What do you do that assists you in following Jesus’ guidance and direction every day? What do you do that motivates you and inspires you to be Christ’s loving presence in this world?  

What do you do that helps you stay connected to Jesus in these troubling times?
This, I want to know. This is not only what Lent is about, this is what our entire Christian life is all about. This information, I would love to hear. Please email me (, and fill me in. May this season of Lent be a time where Jesus becomes more a part of your life…every day. 

In God’s Service,