A Lenten Journey
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
As we consciously turn toward God during this season of Lent, examining our lives and our relationship with God, you are invited to participate in a Lenten Journey, making the effort to spend more time with God in prayer and to reflect on your own faith journey.
Ash Wednesday, March 1
Services of repentance and reconciliation, imposition of ashes
12:00 pm in Chapel and 6:30 pm in Sanctuary
Palm Sunday, April 9
8:45 & 11 Traditional Services, Sanctuary
11 am Contemporary Service, MPR
Maundy/Holy Thursday, April 13
7 pm Worship Service
Good Friday, April 14
7 pm A Worship Service with Youth Choir and Chancel Adult Choir, in the Sanctuary
Easter Visitation Ministry, Saturday, April 8
10 am Easter Visitation Ministry Service, Chapel. Visitation to homebound members and to those who have lost family members during the past year. Volunteers needed to help visit each member, please contact Jenny Caughman to help.
Easter Sunday, April 16
7:00 am Youth Sunrise Service (followed by breakfast)
8:45 am Traditional Service (Sanctuary)
8:45 am Contemporary Service (Multipurpose Room)
9:50 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Easter Egg Hunts (front lawns)
11:00 am Traditional Service (Sanctuary)
11:00 am Contemporary Service (Multipurpose Room)
A Journey of Prayer
The Prayer Experience - The Chapel is open daily for personal prayer. During Lent, a table of resources will be available to teach and lead you to experience a rich variety of prayer forms.
Seeking God - Exploring Prayer, Scripture, and Faith. Each week, a different presenter will talk about a faith practice which has deepened their faith journey, and will lead us to also experience that form of worship. This series will take place each Sunday during Lent, from 6:30-7:30 (notice different time for April 2).
Sacred Listening: A Lenten Prayer Journey - This audio series provides daily guided contemplative prayer experiences with contemporary psalm readings and reflective music. The forty podcasts are available at www.fumcor.org and iTunes (the podcasts are free).
Prayer Path - Mon.-Wed., April 10-12, 9 am-8 pm, Fellow-ship Hall. The Prayer Path provides you with a spiritual experience in which you can encounter God through walking ten different stations of a labyrinth. It takes about an hour and is handicap accessible. For more information, contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Labyrinth - Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual path which parallels the path of pilgrimage. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center, which typically takes less than 30 minutes. A traditional labyrinth will be available throughout Lent (except Sunday mornings) in Room 305.
Delving Deeper- A Lenten Devotional. This devotional is designed to be used in conjunction with our Lenten Sermon Series, People We Meet on the Way. It includes suggestions of how to prayerfully work with each week’s scripture either individually or with others. Each week during Lent, a handout will be available following each Sunday service to help you delve deeper into the sermon message.
FUMC has produced a series of forty podcasts available HERE and the iTunes music store (the podcasts are free). This audio series provides daily contemplative prayer experiences with contemporary psalm readings and reflective music. There are also questions in response aimed at guiding you in exploring your relationship with God.