Our Lenten Journey

Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

February 13, Shrove Tuesday

How can you go wrong with a night of pancakes and sacred Jazz?! Did you know the secular celebration we know as ‘Fat Tuesday’ actually has a sacred origin? Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving, a time to confess our sins. This observance traditionally precedes Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent during which certain indulgent foods were omitted. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as an ideal means to use up all the eggs, fats, and milk. On Tuesday, February 13, pancakes will be served ($9 per adult, $7 for senior adults, tribe, and youth, $5 for Mini-MainKids and MainKids) in Fellowship Hall at 5:30 PM and Worship will begin at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Come enjoy pancakes and music and celebration!

February 14, Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, roughly the six weeks preceding Easter Sunday. Lent offers us the opportunity to consider our own lives and remember why Jesus needed to die for our sins, that we might celebrate his love and resurrection all the more. This year we worship together in the Sanctuary at 6:30 PM on February 14.

Holy Week

March 25, Palm Sunday

This Sunday we draw near enough to hear the fickle crowd that shouted “hosanna” one day and “crucify” the next, Palm Sunday invites us to consider our need to worship together. Worshipping the true and living God together calls us to seek God’s Kingdom and serve God’s will.

March 28, Special Midtown Midweek Holy Week Bible Study

As Easter approaches and we walk the path of Holy Week, Steve Wells will lead us in an in-depth station by station exploration of what happened the week of Jesus’s crucifixion. In order to truly experience the joy of Easter, we must also fully understand the path of suffering which led to the Cross-- the events, the sacrificial love, and a sense of Christ’s experience. Please join us for this special and compelling Bible study in which we walk the way of the Cross together.

March 29, 30, Service of Shadows

The meaning and gravity of Holy Week is poignantly conveyed through the stained glass window of the Westmoreland Chapel and the feel of the space in descending light as this service moves from beginning to end. The scriptural narrative, the music, our prayers, and the sharing of communion evoke the darkness of the crucifixion and convey the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice as we reflect these evenings within the shadow of the cross. Childcare for nursery, preschool, and school-age children is provided for this service which begins at 7:00 PM.

March 31, Children’s Easter Celebration

This annual family tradition begins in the Sanctuary on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 AM, as we hear a story from Dave the Donkey about what he thought was going to happen to the King as they rode into Jerusalem before the first Easter. Every child should bring an Easter basket because after the story, families are invited outside to hunt for as many eggs as their basket will hold. Each child (4th grade and younger) will receive a bag filled with goodies.

April 1, Easter worship

We celebrate Resurrection Sunday, praising from the depths of our souls Christ who died and rose again. Brass and percussion will usher in the Procession of Joy as shouts of Alleluia are heard both near and far. Our 9:00 AM and 11:20 AM worship will be filled with great congregational singing. We will have regular Sunday School at 10:10 AM.