Upcoming in Worship
Sunday, February 25: Lent 2; Rev. Dr. Christopher Spotts preaching on “The Jesus I Have Known: Healer” (Mark 2:1-12); Worship Team at Nine; Instrumental Ensemble at Eleven
Sunday, March 4: Lent 3; Communion; Rev. Cheryl D. Galan preaching on “The Jesus I Have Known: Reformer” (Matthew 5:13-18); Worship Choir at identical Nine and Eleven
Sunday, March 11: Lent 4; Rev. Cheryl D. Galan preaching on “The Jesus I Have Known: Reconciler” (Ephesians 2:13-22); Worship Team at Nine; Cherub Choir and Homestead High School vocalists at Eleven
Childcare through age 3 and Children’s Worship for children age 4 through grade 1 is available during Sunday morning services.
Lenten Sermon Series: The Jesus I Have Known
Who is the Jesus you know? And in what conditions of our human life will you bring others to Jesus? Our Lenten sermon series looks at Bible stories that show some of the facets of the human condition to which Jesus brought the Good News of God’s love. Our intention is that our journey through the season of Lent may enrich and expand our experience of the Jesus we know. Sermon Series Images: The black and white image of Jesus used for our Lenten sermon series, a 1997 scratchboard titled “His Name,” was created by Christian artist Corey Wilkonsin. The acrylic on canvas displayed at the end of the February 11 sermon was “Jesus is laid in the tomb” by painter Simon Carr.
The Season of Lent
To deepen your spiritual journey through this special season, there are Lenten devotionals for children and adults available in the narthex for a $1 suggested donation. In addition, nails are provided in baskets as a physical reminder of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf; we invite you to take one and carry it with you throughout Lent. For additional information about Lent, please click here.
Lent and Easter: Times for Repentance and Celebration
The seasons of Lent and Eastertide celebrate the most important aspect of Christian life: the redemption and salvation of Christians through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for Baptism, a period that included the discipline of fasting. Christians today focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something, or volunteering and giving of themselves for others. It is a time of solemn remembrance, repentance, and reflection, a time to recall our Lord’s last days. During the season of Advent, we are led from darkness to light; during Lent we walk a road from light to the darkness of the crucifixion.
The forty days of Lent (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) correspond to the forty-day temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and the forty-year journey of Israel from slavery to a new community. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday, Christians around the world anticipate and prepare for Christ’s victory over death. It is a day of penitence and remembrance of our sins of the past and our ultimate mortality. Branches previously waved on Palm Sunday are burned to ashes and used to make the sign of the cross on the forehead. The ash cross is a visible sign of sorrow and repentance for sins; these attitudes are symbolized by the liturgical color violet used throughout the Lenten season. For more information about Lent and special services, click here.