At the heart of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ. On one side of this event and it's remembrance are the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's passage from death to life. On the other side are the 50 days of Easter, a time of proclaiming and rejoicing in our redemption. Right in the middle of it all is Holy Week including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, days in which our attention is riveted on Christ's death and resurrection. The entire 90 days is best seen as a whole viewed from two sides, from the cross and the empty tomb, each incomplete without the other. Listed below is a schedule of Lenten observances in the weeks ahead:
SATURDAYS (5PM) AND SUNDAYS (8:15 AND 11:00 AM) IN LENT
"THE LORD'S PRAYER"
Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13 @ noon & 7:30 PM ) "Return to Our Father"
First Sunday in Lent (Feb. 17) "Hallowed"
Second Sunday in Lent (Feb. 24) "Seek the Kingdom"
Third Sunday in Lent (March 3) - "Seeking God's Will" (Bear Creek Sunday)
Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 10 - "Daily Bread" (Girl Scout Sunday)
Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 17) - "Finding Forgiveness"(First Communion at 11:00)
Maundy Thursday (March 28@ 7:30 PM) "Temptation"
Good Friday (March 29 @ 7:30 PM) "Evil"
Easter Sunday (March 31) "Thine Is the Kingdom"
MID WEEK LENTEN SERVICES (WEDNESDAYS AT 7:30 PM)
" PSALMS OF HOPE"
February 20 Psalm 23 "The Lord is My Shepherd"
February 27 Psalm 46 "God is Our Refuge and Strength"
March 6 - Psalm 121 "From Where Is My Help to Come?"
March 13 - Psalm 130 "Out of the Depths"
March 20 Psalm 139 "Fully Human"
"Return to the Lord your God for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." See you in church.