WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is a season of 40 days in the church that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a season of reflection and sacrifice as we reflect on the love and grace that is given to us through the actions of Christ Jesus on the cross. It is a solemn season in the church that asks of us to confront our mortality, repent for our sins, and remember the incredible gift of grace that God has given creation through resurrection.
GIVING IT ALL UP
FEBRUARY 14, 2024
12:00 PM | 7:00 PM
How often do we turn our religious practices into our own glorified act of holiness? The ashes on our heads are not to show others we are Christians so that we might boost. They are there to remind us that the life we have is not finite nor are they our own so use this life so that others may also live!
SUNDAYS IN LENT
BURDENS OF FAITH
Too often the church is seen as a place where all your problems are solved and if you just believe enough your life will be filled with joy and happiness. While this sounds wonderful, the realities of sin remain in our world. The new creation has not yet been fully realized. And our faith calls us to challenging ways of life on this side of creation.
WEDNESDAYS IN LENT
DINNER 6:30 PM
WORSHIP 7:00 PM
God regularly makes covenants or promises with God’s people. The story of scripture is a story of God creating and upholding covenants with God’s people. If God has upheld every covenant throughout scripture, why do we doubt God will uphold God’s final covenant in Christ?
WHAT IS HOLY WEEK?
Holy Week is the climax of the Lenten season. It begins with Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday where the church remembers Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem as the people's savior. The story continues into Thursday where we remember Jesus' last supper he shares with his disciples, as Passover meal where Jesus gives the church the sacrament of Holy Communion. And finally, Friday remembers Jesus' death on the cross and the suffering he took on himself for the sake of the world. Friday is the darkest day of the church year, but in three days time, the Light will shine and the church will proclaim its most important proclamation, "HE IS RISEN!"
ONCE A KING
MARCH 24, 2024
Jesus enters Jerusalem with incredible honor, people cheering for the one who has come to save them, the one they believe to be their king! And in just a few short days, this same crowd will turn on him with shouts of crucifixion. How could people turn on Jesus so quickly, we wonder. And yet, don't we do this on a regular basis? We worship and celebrate him on Sunday and then deny even knowing him on Monday.
THE THIRD SACRAMENT
MARCH 28, 2024
While it is not considered a sacrament, it has all the marks of one: the physical element, the command from God, the promise of life. If we think of Jesus as God, maybe the image of Jesus washing his disciple’s feet changes for you. Imagine God getting down on hands and knees and washing your feet after a long hard day’s work. Maybe our struggle of faith is less about faith in God and more about faith in our own worthiness…trusting that God might have truly made you good.
THE SECOND TO LAST
MARCH 29, 2024
12:00 PM | 7:00 PM
Our world would have us believe that death is the last and most final thing that happens to us. The Good News of Christ is that this is not true. Death is the second to last thing to happen to us. Resurrection is the final thing, as it was for Christ. But on this night we remember the death that ended all deaths, Jesus on the cross. For just three days we consider what the world would be like if Jesus had not been raised from the dead.
MARCH 31, 2024 | 10:00 AM
Jesus lives! He is risen! The most important proclamation of the church, this is the Good News! Because Jesus is raised from the dead, we too, are promised resurrection life like Jesus! You are invited to this incredible celebration of Life!