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Lent 2018

Our Journey together continues as the church year turns from Epiphany into the holy season of Lent on February 14th! Lent is a special time of year that encourages us to examine the ways in which we’ve not been allowing God’s light to shine as brightly through us, and encourages us to till the soil for new life to spring up in us.

We do this through special observances in worship, through leaning into intentional spiritual practices of study, prayer, giving, and service, and some of us even choose to forego things we enjoy—dessert, wine, social media, whatever it may be—so that we can focus our attention more deeply on the journey God is calling us to walk with God toward healing the world. Lent isn’t a time to feel sorry for ourselves; it’s a time to admit that we need help in realizing God’s dream, to trust in God’s power anew, and to examine ourselves fearlessly as we make ready to celebrate Christ’s triumph over death.

Ash Wednesday, February 14th, 7:00P— Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day; make plans with your sweet baboo for another evening, and join us as we begin a holy Lent through prayer, song, reflection, and the opportunity to forgive one another as we receive ashes to mark the start of our Lenten journey.

Sunday Sermon Series: Soil & Soul — Pastor Nate will preach through the promises that God makes to God's people as we follow our story from the tale of Noah all the way to the cross and resurrection as we tend the soil of our hearts to make ready for new life in our souls.

Lenten Soup Supper & Discussion Series— On Wednesday nights at 6:30PM during Lent (excluding Ash Wednesday and during Holy Week), join us in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 for a light soup dinner and a spiritual discussion. This year, Pastor Nate will teach and lead a discussion on the UCC Statement of Faith. Everyone is invited to come to dinner!

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday, March 25th, 10:00A— Celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as he prepares for the final showdown with Death itself with a festival procession! We’ll remember the way we, who sing “Hosanna!” on Sunday, will turn around to yell “Crucify him!” on Friday.

Holy Thursday, March 29th, 6:30P— Come remember and reflect on the events of Christ’s passion and death with us as we gather for a sumptuous Mediterranean meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30PM, where we’ll celebrate Jesus’ gift to us of Holy Communion, then we’ll move through stations to the Garden, the Betrayal and Arrest, and finally the Crucifixion.

Prayer Vigil, Friday, March 30th 7:00p through Saturday, March 31st at 7:00p—

The Sanctuary will be open for 24 hours for us to join in keeping watch at the tomb, reflecting in prayer and awaiting the promise of resurrection while praying for the needs of the world. Pastor Nate will lead a short devotional service at 6:30PM to begin the vigil.

Easter Sunday, April 1st, 10:00AM— We’ll join together and welcome countless guests from the neighborhood to joyfully proclaim “Christ is risen!” and sing Alleluia for the first time since Lent began! We’ll hear the Resurrection story anew and celebrate Christ’s presence with us in Holy Communion, then enjoy an Easter egg hunt with our kids afterwards! Be sure to invite friends and family to this joyful service!

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Pilgrim United Church of Christ
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