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. We have many programs and opportunities for worship during the 40 days leading up to Easter.
February 26, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
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.
Join us as we look ahead to the coming Lent season by remembering our creation from the dust and giving thanks for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Childcare is available for 3 and under, though children of all ages are welcome in this time of worship.
Studies + Classes
Lenten Prayer Bead Workshop
February 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
You're invited to make a set of prayer beads to use during the Lenten season to help open your mind and heart more fully to God during this special season of the year. During the class, we'll learn about the 40 days of Lent, explore how prayer beads can aid us in our devotional times, and make a simple set of beads that we can use during our prayers. Light refreshments will be served. The workshop is $15 and will be led by Lisa Edge and Carol Bumbalough.
Rise Against Hunger
April 4, 9-11 a.m. –OR– 1-3 p.m.
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 on Saturday, April 4. Registration for the packing party will open March 1.
Stations of the Cross
April 5-12, Haney Hall
Stations of the Cross for Families
April 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Family Life Center
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.
It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete all twelve stations. The last rotation will begin 45 minutes before closing time each day.
The Stations of the Cross for Families allows us to better understand Jesus' journey to the cross and prepares our hearts for Easter. This family-oriented experience explains the suffering and death of Jesus in a way that's appropriate and understandable for children of all ages.
It will take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete all twelve stations. The last rotation will begin at 6 p.m.
Holy Week Worship
April 9, 7 p.m., Sanctuary
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 in worship and communion as we remember Jesus' last meal with his friends. Childcare is available for 3 and under.
April 10, 7 p.m., Sanctuary
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. Childcare is available for 3 and under.
Join us on Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over death! We have 8 services at 6 different times for you to worship the grace and redemption given to us by Jesus Christ.
6 p.m. Saturday Traditional Worship
Location: Sanctuary | Music: Youth Choir | Shuttle: No | Childcare: Yes (0-3)
Our traditional worship led by our young adult and youth ensembles brings together cherished liturgy and hymns to create an experience of timeless worship accentuated by the power and beauty of piano, pipe organ, and choir.
6 a.m. Prayer Vigil
Location: Chapel | Music: None | Shuttle: No | Childcare: No
The Prayer Vigil is a 30-minute, intimate gathering in the Chapel that reflects the somber darkness before the Savior has risen. The end of the vigil leads into the Sunrise Service in the Prayer Garden.
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service
Location: Prayer Garden | Music: Acoustic | Shuttle: No | Childcare: No
The Sunrise Service reflects the restoration of hope we have upon learning of Jesus' resurrection. Join us for an intimate worship gathering as the sun rises on a new day and new hope.
Easter Celebration Gathering
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Family Life Center
Celebrate the Risen King with BUMC Kids! Grab a donut and some coffee in the Family Life Center before or after worship, and be sure to say hi to the BUMC Kids staff while you're there! They'll have a place for you to take family photos and some activities for the kids.
8 a.m. Traditional Worship
Location: Sanctuary | Music: Youth Choir | Shuttle: Yes | Childcare: Yes
Our traditional worship led by our youth choirs brings together cherished liturgy and hymns to create an experience of timeless worship accentuated by the power and beauty of piano, pipe organ, and choir.
9:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship (2 locations)
Location: Sanctuary + Chapel | Music: Worship Band | Shuttle: Yes | Childcare: Yes
Our middle service is a contemporary worship experience with a vibrancy all its own. Come as you are for an encounter with the Risen King! Our worship band brings together ageless traditions and contemporary music in an eclectic blend of old and new. This is typically one of our largest service times and has live, unique worship experiences at both locations.
11 a.m. Traditional Worship (2 locations)
Location: Sanctuary + Chapel | Music: Chancel Choir / IRIS + Sonshine Ensemble | Shuttle: Yes | Childcare: Yes
Our traditional worship services in both the Sanctuary with our adult choir and the Chapel with our young adult and youth ensembles bring together cherished liturgy and hymns to create an experience of timeless worship accentuated by the power and beauty of piano, pipe organ, and choir. This is typically one of our largest service times and has live, unique worship experiences at both locations.