“Lent” comes from an old English word for springtime, perhaps connected with the lengthening of days around this time of year. The season of Lent is a time for growth in faith, through prayer and self-examination, as we prepare to commemorate the dying and rising of Jesus on Good Friday and Easter.
Faith Journeys – Wednesday Evenings in Lent
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we gather as a community for education, fellowship and worship. A book study and discussion group is led by our pastors, followed by a family-friendly Soup Supper and casual 40-minute worship service. Nursery care is available upon request and with 48 hour notice.
Taking its name from the Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, when the people lined his path with Palm branches, this Sunday before Easter marks the beginning of Holy Week. We commemorate this day with traditional hymns and a procession of palms led by our children.
Maundy Thursday (from mandatum, Latin for commandment) proclaims Jesus’ new commandment to love one another as he has loved us. The liturgy begins with an emphasis on confession and forgiveness, concluding the penitential aspect of the season of Lent. It ends with the sharing of communion, remembering Christ’s example of humble service and self-offering. Over the years, a variety of experiential worship services have been observed on Maundy Thursday.
Following the Maundy Thursday service through the evening of Good Friday, members of the church hold a continuous Prayer Vigil. Alone in the sanctuary, the Prayer Vigil invites one to experience God’s presence, to find a quiet space to reflect, and to keep watch along with others during Jesus’ last hours of life.
On perhaps the most solemn day of the church year, we gather in the sanctuary to remember and give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. We commemorate this time with a service of Tenebrae, as a series of candles are slowly extinguished while passages of scripture are read detailing the final words of Jesus.