Come as you are! All are welcome.
Maundy Thursday • April 13 @ 7:00pm
This meditative service with the Bell Choir will include handwashing, symbolic of how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service.
Good Friday • April 14 @ 7:00pm
This contemplative service will include musical selections from our Praise Band and reflection on the Seven Last Words of Jesus.
Easter Sunday • April 16 @ 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00am
Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Hope of the World! Our Easter offering this year will be split between Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) and Harvester’s BackSnack program, which provides food for school children to get them through the weekends.
Join us as we explore some of the many understandings of Jesus, including Scary Jesus, Social Justice Jesus, Sacrificial Jesus, Evangelical Jesus, Political Jesus, and Loving Jesus during this Lenten Season on Sundays at 8:15, 9:30 and 11am. What’s true, and what’s misleading about each?
A small group study of Trevor Hudson’s Invitations of Jesus, designed to lead you to see where Christ is touching your life and calling you to a deeper relationship with God, yourself, and others.
Using Adam Hamilton’s study The Journey, this study will take you on a video journey of the Holy Land, exploring the locations critical to Jesus’ life.
Final Words by Adam Hamilton will examine Christ’s dying hours and his final words as seen and heard by those who stood near the cross.
What is Lent?
from Pastor Sandra Cox
We begin the season of Lent, the forty day period of preparation for Easter, on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Easter will be April 16 this year. Now if you already have your calendar out and are puzzled because it seems that there are actually 45 days before Easter, then we need to quickly add that Sundays are excluded from the calculations. Why? Because since Sunday is the day we celebrate that Jesus rose from the grave, it would be inappropriate to include Sundays in the season characterized by fasting and pensive self-reflection.
So now that you have the mathematical/calendar puzzle worked out, you may be wondering just what Lent is all about. It was named with reference to an Old English word for spring, which alluded to the “lengthening” of days. It is forty days long because that is a traditional number that denotes discipline, devotion and preparation in the Bible. Moses stayed on the Mountain of God forty days (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28), the spies were in the land for forty days (Numbers 13:25), Elijah traveled forty days before he reached the cave where he had his vision (1 Kings 19:8), Nineveh was given forty days to repent (Jonah 3:4), and most importantly, in preparation for undertaking his ministry, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness praying and fasting (Matthew 4:2).
Traditionally, Christians have used Jesus’ time in the wilderness as a model for their own spiritual disciplines during Lent. Some find it meaningful to explore new methods of prayer and devotion. Some commit to fasting once a week as a way to empty oneself of all that might come between them and God. For this reason, the practice of “giving something up” for Lent has also become a meaningful experience. Learning to do without something that we thought essential and reflecting how our life is different without it can be a powerful spiritual discipline. Some have even found it a meaningful Lenten experience to “take on” a new practice or discipline, such as a Bible study or study group as a way of exploring a new practice that might be so rewarding it becomes part of your daily devotional discipline.
Lent is a time to be intentional about making room for God in your daily life. I encourage you to consider how you will make that space in 2017. And may your spiritual life become richer for it!