What is ASH WEDNESDAY?

February 26, 6:30 pm, Sanctuary

Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter Sunday, is the first day of the Season of Lent. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers’ heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God, a symbol of mourning and sorrow at the death that sin brings into the world. It not only prefigures the mourning at the death of Jesus, but also places the worshipper in a position to realize the consequences of sin. Ash Wednesday is a somber day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christian. Ashes became symbolic of that attitude of penitence reflected in the Lord’s prayer: “forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us” (Luke 11:4).    DENNIS BRATCHER

EASTER: A Closer Look

Sundays, March 1- April 5 … 10:50 am

As Easter approaches, we prepare our hearts in prayer and worship for the most incredible season of the church year! This year, our 40 days of LENT will “Take A Closer Look”  at the Easter story as we focus on J. Ellsworth Kallas’ book, “Easter from the Back Side”.  We’ll look at the traditional gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ’s resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Come and see … we welcome all people!

 A Study of End Times

THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Wednesday Afternoons, March 4 – April 8
4:00-5:30 pm (Fellowship dinner follows at 5:45)
 

Please join Pastor Debbie for this wonderful walk through the Bible’s final book, Revelation! While it can seem intimidating or down right impossible to comprehend, we’ll unwrap the complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references together. Revelation is often set aside by readers in favor of more straight forward, easier-to-digest biblical material but with some background and guidance, we will absorb the words of Jesus and discover afresh―or for the first time―the richness of Revelation and its God-breathed, life-changing power to deepen our walk of faith!

What is LENT?

February 26 – April 11

Originating in the 4th century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days, Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling.
 
Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self-examination, and repentance,  marked by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Most Christian churches that observe Lent focus on it as a time of prayer, especially penance, repenting for failures and sin as a way to focus on the need for God’s grace. It is really a preparation to celebrate God’s marvelous redemption at Easter, and the resurrected life that we live, and hope for, as Christians.     DENNIS BRATCHER

Community Easter Sunday Services