These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.
Make the sign of the cross on your forehead or chest, the sign marked at your baptism. You can pray this prayer of Confession and hear God's words of forgiveness.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who gathers us in the wilderness to redeem us,
anoint us, and make us new.
In these forty days, let us be honest, confess our sin,
and receive God’s promise of mercy.
God at the margins,
We have wandered far from your home; again and again, we lose our way.
We turn inward, afraid of the world around us.
We forget that you have saved your people before
and promise to do so again.
Do not remember the deeds of our past,
but turn our faces toward the future,
where your forgiveness is sure,
your welcome is clear,
and your love overflows.
Like a hen who gathers her chicks,
God embraces you in tender care.
Like manna in the desert,
God feeds you with surprising mercy.
Like a loving parent,
God runs to meet you again this day,
forgiving your sins for the sake of ☩ Christ,
leading you from death into life.
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Christians observe the season of Lent for 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter. This can be a time of prayer, learning, good works, or fasting from bad habits. These practices lead to Holy Week and a reflection of Jesus' sacrifice as he was betrayed, put to death, and then raised from the dead.
Learning to Pray with Prayer Beads will be the focus of 3 small group meeting times in Lent. There will be 4 sessions meeting Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. at Salem Lutheran in Sycamore, Saturdays at 10 a.m. at 1001 Persimmon in Genoa, and Mondays at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Restaurant. Let us know of your interest.
Have something you'd like to discuss or a suggestion for informal gathering? Let me know of your interest.
Share your ideas for where we could make a difference - what needs do you see in the Genoa area that a faith community might help address?
Share a Prayer Request. Offer to pray for others. Join in the weekly prayer focus for the Genoa area [or your hometown] posted Sunday evenings/Monday mornings on facebook.
Session One: Encounter… using the Full Circle Prayer
Session Two: Surrender… praying Repetitive Prayers
Session Three: Offer… praying about How you Live Out
Session Four: Listen…
being still and listening for God
Three times at 3 Locations:
Everyone is welcome whether you have made prayer beads, are curious, are looking for ways to deepen your prayer life, or want to learn how to talk to and listen for God.
Please email with your interest
Intersections is a developing faith community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America led by
Deacon Carla Vanatta.
Intersections invites you to explore a relationship with Jesus Christ and others, trusting our encounters to lead us deeper in faith and purpose.
God's gifts of love and grace are given
for all people. Discover a warm welcome in Jesus' name and see if this church without walls is a good fit.
Let's Connect! Contact me to set a time to get together. I'd like to hear about your life and faith.
Prayer requests are welcomed
and will be supported by the
Intersections Faith Community.
See the Contact Us section
to send a prayer request. You can also join other Lutherans in prayer ELCA.org/en/Resources/Prayer-Ventures and at LivingLutheran.org
Think of a friend, neighbor, or
co-worker you might invite or refer
to Intersections. Pray for them and share what Jesus means to you or how
you hope to grow in your calling
as a baptized Child of God.
Living a faith-filled life means caring
for your neighbor. We'll be talking to community leaders and residents to determine where we can
make a difference.
Thanks for your interest in Genoa Intersections. My husband and I have served Salem Lutheran in Sycamore since 1976 in creative arts and worship, pastoral care, and small group ministries. I became a Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1995 and love serving with God's people.
Ron and I moved to Genoa four years ago and continue to learn about the community. As a Deacon I've been invited to explore developing a new faith community in this area. I'm excited to launch Intersections and pray it will grow into a vibrant ministry as God calls people together in faith and love.
I believe God has created each of us with unique gifts and personalities to bless the world and one another. I believe Jesus loves you deeply and gave his life for you on the cross. I believe the Holy Spirit intersects with our lives every day, calling us into a deeper relationship with God and other believers in this community.
What a gift to claim every day the promise of Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIRV):
8 God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. 9 It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it.
You see, God chose us! We call that GRACE!
Thanks for exploring the Intersections website, and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon. Together let's see what God will do!
Saved by Grace
Gifted by God
Called to Serve
The mystery and majesty of God's power continues to be revealed in all of creation.
Over and over the songbook we call Psalms praises the Creator of all things.
Embracing this gift of life, we are called to care for all God's people and the world we live in.
God wants to be in relationship with us and gave us Jesus as a gift to forgive our sin:
For God SO LOVED the world He gave His only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. God did not send Him into the world to condemn it but to save it. John 3:16-17
Gifted with the Holy Spirit who calls, enlivens, and empowers us to live as God's people, we are sent into the world to share this Good News and be the hands and feet of Christ.
Saved by Grace - Gifted by God - Called to Serve
1001 Persimmon Dr, Genoa, IL 60135, US
Activities and events will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check back often.
Intersections is designated as a Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community of the Northern Il Synod and is supported by grant funding for Domestic Missions.
The Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a gathering of nearly 150 congregations created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.
Our mission is simple:
Make Christ Known.
There are three geographic Synods in Illinois. The word "synod" means "on the road together" - that's about 100,000 of us from these counties in Northern Illinois: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Jo Daviess, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lee McHenry, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside, Will, and Winnebago.
As part of the ELCA, we are:
Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.
Serving Illinois since 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving almost 50,000 people across Illinois last year. The organization provides critical programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents including foster care, early childhood development, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, home care for seniors, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate
back into society.
More than 800 million people - that's 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Learn More.
 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2017
 USDA, 2017
ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50 different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA.
Their resources – from catalogs to coin banks - make it easy (and fun!) for you or your family, your congregation and your community to support people globally.
You might say “goodbye” to traditional gift-giving and “hello” to meaningful gifts that really make a difference in the world, or add these gifts as another way to share your resources. What fun to sponsor some chicks, a hog or goat for a family or build a well, give seed money for a home business, or sponsor a mission!
Ready to shop now? Visit the ELCA Good Gifts store and print or order cards to tell loved ones about gifts given in their honor.
Salem Lutheran is a partner church in establishing Genoa Intersections, praying for their neighbors to the north and sharing resources. Established in 1870 by Swedish Immigrants, Salem congregation is located at 1145 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, and welcomes all people into Christian community and service.
If you are interested in Christian Education, Youth activities, Creative Arts, Food Pantry Outreach, or more regular Worship opportunities, please visit Salem's website to see what is available, www.slcsycamore.org