Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of Spring. The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Lent 2020 begins on February 26 and ends on April 11. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we are adjusting our Holy Week programs to offer digital and at-home offerings to make this season special for your whole family.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and marks the beginning of 40 days of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes was traditionally a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. The placing of the ashes on our foreheads is an outward sign of our faith and a way of saying we "repent, and believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15). The ashes are made from palm leaves used in previous Palm Sunday services. Having the ashes placed on one's forehead is optional.
In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the preparation to understand the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some people choose to partake in a fast beginning on Ash Wednesday to cut out something that acts as a distraction from God.
Digital Easter Lily Orders
Honor a loved one this Easter season by donating a Digital Easter Lily! Because Easter Lilies have actually been difficult to come by this year due to a bad growing season, we are moving to Digital Easter Lilies this year.
Each $15 Digital Easter Lily donation will benefit the Benevolence Fund, which helps people in our community with assistance during times of need. We already see growing needs because of folks losing income and needing food assistance due to ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many children are usually fed at school and now must be fed at home. Many people have lost significant portions of their incomes because of business closings or reduced hours.
Rise Against Hunger
Packing Party Postponed Until Further Notice
This Lent, we're challenging you to our church-wide fast! Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Help us donate and pack 100,000 meals!
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross is a walking prayer devotional focused on the last hours of Christ's life. The 12 stations allow us to better understand Jesus' journey to the cross and prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday.
In place of the physical stations for you to visit, we are offering a digital Stations of the Cross guide for you to experience the final moments of Jesus Christ's life in your home. The guide has questions and prompts applicable for all ages to participate.
Holy Week Worship
April 9, 7 p.m., virtual service
Commemorate the Last Supper in which Jesus gave several final commands to his disciples – to love one another, serve one another and to remember him through the breaking of the bread. We will join together virtually for worship and Communion as we remember Jesus' last meal with his friends.
April 10, 7 p.m., virtual service
Good Friday services follow a tradition dating back to the Eighth Century, commemorating the final hours of our Lord’s life on earth before dying on the cross. Worship spaces are commonly lit with candles that gradually extinguish throughout the service to symbolize the fading loyalty of Jesus' disciples and friends. The gradual darkening of the church portrays the diminishing light of the world as Christ was departing from it.
Join us on Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over death! We're offering an online service at 9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday.