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.
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.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year is March 1. Our Ash Wednesday service will be at 7:00 p.m., in the sanctuary.
This service will launch our Lenten series, “At the Crossroads”. Plan to start Lent well by coming to worship on Ash Wednesday. Communion and the imposition of ashes will be offered.
Palm Sunday – April 9 at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday – April 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Good Friday – April 14 at 7:00 p.m. service in the Sanctuary
EASTER – April 16 at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.