Pastor Sonja Maclary
Christ´s Lutheran Church
26 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679-2336

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A Lenten Study for Renewal and Growth
By Heart: The 10 Commandments
Martin Luther had a way with words and an eye toward instruction as he wrote the Small Catechism. Written to awaken and affirm faith as well as provide a helpful tool for households and congregations, the Small Catechism delivers the precise and profound words that have become the heart of Lutheran teaching about the Christian faith. 

Join us 5 weeks during Lent as we explore Luther's teaching again, focusing on the first section of his Small Catechism, The 10 Commandments.  Most sessions will be offered three times, once at Christ's Woodstock at noon. on Sundays, and twice at Atonement, Saugerties: Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m.  (There are a few exceptions: please check the posting carefully!) Sessions will last approximately 1 hour. Each is intergenerational.

Participants should download the FREE Small Catechism App.  Click here for more info.
and purchase the companion book, "By Heart: Conversations with Luther's Small Catechism" available from Augsburg Fortress Click Here and Amazon.com as Prime selection.

Additionally, participants are encouraged to view the "With New Voices" video produced by the ELCA featuring Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton teaching the Small Catechism. Links to each video are provided below.

Snow policy: An advisory from the National Weather Service active during the time of the class will cancel that class. Make-up classes will be held during Holy Week or, if need be, the week after Easter. Questions? Call Pastor Sonja at 845-389-2481.
Session 1: Above All Things

2/18: @Noon in Woodstock; (no 4 p.m. in Saugerties)
2/20:@7 p.m. in Saugerties

Our first session will introduce the Small Catechism and explore the first commandment.

You may wish to read "By Heart" Introduction and Part 1: The Story of the Small Catechism.

Watch "With New Voices" Commandment #1
Session 2: What is Said and Heard


2/25: @Noon in Woodstock; (no 4 p.m. in Saugerties)
2/27:@7 p.m. in Saugerties

Our second session will look at the structure of the 10 Commandments and explore the second and third commandments.

You may wish to read "By Heart" pages 43-57.

Watch: "With New Voices" Commandment #2

Session 3: The Care and Honor of Others


3/4: @Noon in Woodstock; 4 p.m. in Saugerties
3/6: @7 p.m. in Saugerties

In our third session we will turn our attention toward the commandments which address our relationships with others. 

You may wish to read "By Heart" pages 58-67.


Session 4: Sticks and Stones 


3/11: No Woodstock session*; 4 p.m. in Saugerties
3/13: @7 p.m. in Saugerties

Looking out for one another means helping others care for their property and good name. The seventh and eighth commandments address how we deal with and speak of others. 

You may wish to read "By Heart" pages 67-72.


* This session will be offered in Woodstock on Palm Sunday, March 25.
Session 5: "I Shall Not Want"


3/18: @Noon in Woodstock; 4 p.m. in Saugerties
3/20: @7 p.m. in Saugerties

We conclude our exploration of the commandments by examining our relationship with "stuff" and noting how this brings us full circle back to the first commandment.

You may wish to read "By Heart" pages 72-75.



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