March 1 is the beginning of Lent. The liturgical season that comes before Easter. It is a time of reflection, preparation, and repentance. We anticipate Good Friday, the day we remember as Jesus’ death. We await Easter, the day on which our Saviour arose victorious over sin and death and the grave.
The practice of Lent, the 40-days, began in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Forty is a remembrance of the 40 years of wandering by the Israelites. The 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. The 40 days begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and runs through to Holy Saturday. Sundays are not included in the numbering.
Historically, this time of preparation involved instruction of people for baptism and profession of faith on Easter Sunday. As well as the calling back of those who have become estranged from the church. Efforts are made by Christians to deepen their piety, devotion, and readiness to remember the death and resurrection of their Saviour.
The sash over the cross is purple. A reminder of the pain and suffering that Jesus endured in becoming human, being born, and his road to death on the cross. On Good Friday, the cross will be bare or have a black sash. Easter Sunday will see the return of the white sash and the reminder of the purity and holiness of Jesus on this high Holy Day.
During the season of Lent, we will focus our faith story journey into the lives of the apostles, Jesus friends. Specially, 3 of his close friends and a couple of others who make their way in the gospel stories.
March 5 – Andrew (Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:16-20, John 1:35-42)
March 26 – Matthew (Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:13-17)
April 2 – James (Matthew 20:20-28, 26:36-46)
April 8 – Peter (Matthew 4:18-22, 16:13-28, 26:69-75)
April 14 (Good Friday) – John (John 19:16-27)
April 16 (Easter Sunday) – Thomas (John 20:24-29)
During our evening services we will look at something called the Narrative Lectionary. You can check out the website for this at: www.workingpreacher.org. This is a four year look at the big narrative stories from the Bible that we may not always know or get to read about. Each year, the cycle sweeps through the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church. The teaching time will have us listen (and read) the Bible story and then hear some reflections on how God is at work, what God is saying to the person, what is God saying to us and our world, and how can we see God at work here and now. We also spend time praying for one another and our world.
We hope and pray that you experience God’s riches blessings as you visit our website, check out a sermon, or if you choose to stop by to join us for a worship service (10am and 6pm), a ministry, or a visit with one of the members or the pastor.
Sunday 10:00 AM
Sunday 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Young Peoples meets at Springdale
Tuesday 7:00-8:30 PM
GEMS Girls Club
Tuesday 7:00-8:30 PM
Cadet Boys Club meets
Second and Fourth Wednesdays 7:30 PM
Adult Education Class
Wednesday 9:45 AM
Lady's Coffee Break and Children's Story Hour
Second Sunday of the Month @ Bradford Valley Nursing Home 2pm - NO EVENING SERVICE AT THE CHURCH
Posted on May 6, 2015