Lent, Holy Week, and Easter at WUMC
During Lent and Easter, we talk about some of the central stories of our faith, and that leads into discussions about some of the key teachings of Jesus – repentance, salvation, and the gift of new life, just to name a few. These stories and topics get special focus during some of our Lent and Easter worship services:
Ash Wednesday: This year, Lent begins on February 26. We’ll have a service that includes the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion at 6:30 PM. During this service, we’ll hear a call to repentance and talk about the gift God gives us in living into that call.
Sundays in Lent: We’ll still have our regularly-scheduled Sunday services during Lent! As we have moved all our worship online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be live streamed on our Facebook page beginning at 10 a.m. each Sunday, and will be uploaded to our video page later in the day. Our sermon series, Meeting Jesus, is described down below.
Palm/Passion Sunday: The last Sunday in Lent, April 5, is set aside to remember two important stories: Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and the death of Jesus. While we’ll be talking about Jesus’ final days at our Holy Week services, we know not everyone can join us mid-week, and the story is so important that we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to hear it.
Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week: Each of these three days, Pastor Trey will share a brief devotional that will be shared on our Facebook page and on our worship video page. These devotionals will look at highlights from the last week of Jesus’ life.
Maundy Thursday: On the night before he died, Jesus ate a Passover meal with his disciples and gave them his final teachings. On Maundy Thursday, we’ll remember the last supper with a recorded service that will look at the events of that night, and will invite us all to participate in Love Feasts at home. The service will be shared on our Facebook page and on our worship video page by 10 AM.
Good Friday: Through Jesus’ death on the cross, God’s plan of salvation was moved forward. On Good Friday, we’ll have an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ death and what it means for our lives with a contemplative Tenebrae service. The service will be shared on our Facebook page and on our worship video page by 10 AM.
Easter Sunday: On Easter, Jesus defeated death by rising from the dead, and our salvation was made complete! This day is the most special day of the Christian year. Our service will be streamed live on our Facebook page at 10 AM, and will be uploaded to our worship video page after the service has ended.
Lent Sermon Series - Meeting Jesus
Lent is a season for reflecting on our need for God’s grace in our life. We all have things we need to turn away from: sinful actions, evil associations, and ungodly ways of looking at the world. But none of us invented sinfulness. The Bible is full of stories of people who needed God’s grace just as much as we do today, and their stories can help us understand what our needs are and how we can be made free by God’s grace.
Our sermon series, Meeting Jesus, will look at stories from the Gospel of John in which Jesus encounters people who need God’s grace in a variety of ways. We’ll dig into these stories and examine our own lives in the process, all with an eye to the transformative power of God’s love and grace.