Lenten Worship Information

LENT

is a time of learning.
is a time of prayer.

In the Ash Wednesday Gospel lesson, Jesus invites us into a deeper practice of prayer. Throughout the forty days of Lent, many resolve to expand their prayer life, but lose focus over time. Lent may be a time of prayer, but is also a time for learning. Thus, our commitment to prayer can be stronger, if we first take the time to learn a few spiritual practices.

This year our midweek Lenten journey will celebrate and experience five types of prayer, which can be practiced individually and communally:

Our classroom will rotate between Stull Hall and the Sanctuary. Our three pastors will be our teachers. Each week will provide a time of learning and a time of practice. The evening begins with a simple supper in Stull Hall, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Worship and teaching follow, 5:45-6:45 p.m.

2023 Lent Theme
(All services are in-person and available on Youtube)

The beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace.

Like the characters in our Lenten scriptures, we are also seeking many things: clarity, connection, wonder, justice, balance. We are seeking our calling, the sacred, and how to live as a disciple. This Lent, we hope to unpack some of the big questions we encounter in faith in ways that are honest and faithful. Throughout this season, we hope you will continually ask yourself: what am I seeking? What is God seeking?

Ash Wednesday

Sunday, Feb. 22, 12:15 & 7 p.m.

The beginning of Lent gives us the occasion to admit that we will die and that we are sinners. On Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes—a sign of our death and of our sorrow for sin—but the ashes trace a cross on our forehead, where the baptismal water first marked us with God’s grace.

Lenten Oasis Meal &
Lenten Teaching &
Worship

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
4:45-5:30 p.m. - Oasis Meal
6-7 p.m. - Teaching & Worship

We invite you to engage in the spiritual practice of seeking. We encourage you to stay curious, open, and nimble. We hope you will soften your assumptions and expand your perspectives. We pray that these questions will create a safe space to explore—to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God.This year our midweek Lenten journey will begin with our own stories of seeking God as we invite congregation members to tell your stories. The evening begins with a simple supper in Stull Hall. Teaching follows in the sanctuary and we’ll conclude there with evening prayer, using “Behold Our Light” by Aaron David Miller.

Holy Week concludes Lent by focusing our hearts and minds on Jesus, the One for whom we are all looking.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m.

Followed by Fellowship Meal and celebration of Pastor Oviedo’s ministry. In paradox, we join in the joy of the palm procession, and we gather in sorrow at the foot of the cross. Come to sing both “Hosanna!” and “Lord, have mercy upon us.”

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 6, 12:15 & 7 p.m. (Communion Milestone at 7 p.m.)

This Thursday is called “Maundy,” which means “command,” from the verse in John’s gospel in which Jesus commands us to love another as he loved us. We hear about the Passover lamb, Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his death, and Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. And, finally we strip the chancel bare, to prepare ourselves for Good Friday.

Good Friday

Friday, April 7, 12:15 & 7 p.m.

In ancient times this second of the Three Days was called the Triumph of the Cross. We now call this day Good because we know the end of the story, for the Three Days carry us into the resurrection. Our worship is a Tenebrae service where candles are extinguished after each sacred reading.

Easter

Sunday, April 9, 9 a.m. (Traditional) & 11:15 a.m. (Praise and Spanish).

We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on this holy Sunday. Christ is risen, and through him all creation is made new!

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