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Lent

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sunday which begins on

Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the

Anglo‐Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The season is a

preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period

of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became

a time for penance by all Christians. Lent is a time when many

Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and

spiritual discipline.

 

The First Sunday describes Jesus’ temptation by Satan; and the Sixth

Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday), Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem

and his subsequent passion and death. Because Sundays are always

little Easters, the penitential spirit of Lent [is] tempered with

joyful expectation of the Resurrection.

 

The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent,

however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found

in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew

11:21.

 
 
My Preparation for Easter (download pdf document) – Commitments to discipline and growth during the six weeks of Lent: inward & personal disciplines and outward & social disciplines.
 
 

Special Worship Times for Lent 2018

 

Ash Wednesday – February 14
  • A.M. Ashes – Pastor Matt will be at the Portico Narthex (drive-thru) from 6-9am for anyone who would like to receive the imposition of ashes to start their day.
  • Silent Prayer at reflection stations – 6:45-7pm, Sanctuary
  • Ash Wednesday Service of the Ashes, 7pm, Sanctuary.
 
Palm Sunday – March 25, 9am Non-traditional & 11am Traditional
Nursery available at both services.
 
Maundy (Holy) Thursday – March 29, 7pm Communion Service
 
Good Friday – March 30
  • 7am-7pm – Stations of the Cross
Self-led prayer and reflection around symbols depicting the Passion of Christ and His last days.
  • 7pm – Worship
Nursery provided for ages pre-K and younger.

 

 

Easter Worship – Sunday, April 1

  • Sunrise Service – 6:30am
  • Church Breakfast – 7:30am
  • Non-traditional Service – 9am
  • Easter Egg Hunt – 10am
  • Traditional Service – 11am
 Nursery available for 9 & 11am services.
 
 

Suggested Reading for Lent

February 18 – March 25   Join us during the season of Lent for a weekly study on the restoration work that God does in our lives. This is a time of reflection, penitence, and preparation for the Easter Life we are called to begin in the world. Often we feel overwhelmed by the “mess” in our lives, and it seems God could never redeem it. During this study and season, allow God to restore you and the mess.

  • Click here to order Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess from Cokesbury.