Fasting is not about giving up chocolate or simply depriving yourself for self depracating suffering. Fasting involves asking yourself: what is hindering my relationship with God? It might involve adding something, or taking something away in your life to make more room for God. If you are finding yourself overly stressed, perhaps adding meditation would allow you to be more deeply grounded in your relationship with God. Or if you are overly stressed, perhaps fasting from email for a couple of hours a day. Maybe you need to fast from social media in order to allow God's spirit to flow more freely through you, rather than being subject to the cultures expectations. In order to determine how you should fast, ask yourself: what is hindering me from falling in love with God?
Prayer Prayer is a private and a communal expression of reliance and trust of God. Privately, we encourage you this Lent to set time aside to be with God listening, instead of petitioning. Let yourself be embraced by the still, small voice of God claiming you as a precious child. In worship each week, we focus more intentionally on prayer, offering our petitions to God, particularly alongside the prophets who prayed for the social concerns of the world. This Lent, worship will involve bringing our prayers to the foot of the cross, as a sign of entrusting the power of Christ with the prayers of our hearts.
Study and Reflection
In Lent of 2018, we will embark upon a churchwide study titled "Giving Up Something Bad for Lent." The study leads focuses on giving up hash judgement, enemies within, running away, bad habits & pettiness. Sermon series of “What Difference Does God Make?” will be incorporated into the theme of Lent and “giving up” preconceived notions of God/ Faith/Lent.
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Giving alms is a tradition of the faithful, as financial gifts offered benefited the poor and needy. Our weekly Lenten offering will go to missions and ministries beyond our local church offering help and support to fund programming and missionaries that are national and global in their scope. If you would like to learn more about our connectional giving opportunities, please visit our donate page.
Lent culminates in Holy Week
Palm Sunday worship on March 25th at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Children join in the Palm Processional!
Good Friday Worship Services on Friday, March 30th at 12:00 p.m. A powerful remembrance of Jesus' last moments.
Maundy Thursday worship on March 29th at 7:00 p.m. This service of Light and Darkness remembers the Last Supper of Jesus with his Disciples.
Good Friday on April 14th is a quiet service of Scriptures and images remembering the last moments of Jesus' life on the cross.
Easter Worship Services on Sunday, April 1st:
at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
(Easter egg hunt for children of all ages at 12:15 p.m.)