While certain things have changed over the years, observing Lent as a time of contemplation, repentance, prayer, almsgiving, and faith has not. This year we are encouraging the congregation to put faith into action and to “Lent” a hand during this holy season. How can you use your hands to be a blessing to others? Perhaps you could volunteer in a soup kitchen, perform a random act of kindness like making a meal for a new mom, or shoveling an elderly neighbor’s driveway, or sending a handmade card to someone. The list of things you can do to “Lent” a hand is endless.

Our Mid-Week Worship Wednesday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM Beginning with Ash Wednesday and Weekly Throughout Lent

Jesus used his hands to heal the sick. He gave hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. He used his hands to make the lame walk and the mute speak. And even when people were determined to walk in the way of sinners, he still embraced them with his hands, the untouchables and outcasts, the tax collectors, and sinners. His hands are strong hands. He, ultimately, stretched out his hands in suffering for the world. Today Jesus is still using his hands to bring about healing but he does so through you and me.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…” (Matthew 25: 35).

Plan now to join us for our Midweek Lenten Series: Hands of the Savior

  • Ash Wednesday -- Hands That Discipline (Joel 2:12-19)
  • Week 2 -- Hands That Heal (John 9:6–7)
  • Week 3 -- Hands That Provide (Matthew 14:19–20)
  • Week 4 -- Hands That Pray (Matthew 26:36–45)
  • Week 5 -- Hands That Resurrect (Matthew 9:19, 23–25)
  • Week 6 -- Hands That Protect (Matthew 14:28)
  • Maundy Thursday -- Hands That Consecrate (Matthew 26:26–30)
  • Good Friday – Hands That Are Pierced (Luke 23:32–46)
  • Easter -- Hands That Prove (John 11:25–27)

Pastor Bryan E. Drebes

Pastor Drebes is Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church Rev. Bryan Drebes is Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha Nebraska

Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997.  He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.  He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001.  He served Bethany for 14 years.  Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine