Lent 2019

 

Lent, the forty days (minus Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter, represents for us the forty days that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the wilderness before he began his ministry. For us, Lent may be a time of renewed reflection and focus on how God is working in our lives or a time to give up something that may keep us from a closer relationship with God. However you approach this Lenten season, we hope that you will join us here at FPC for some or all of our Lenten offerings. Below you will find information about the Lenten devotionals, classes, and worship opportunities for this season.

 

Lenten Devotionals for all ages are now available

Find them across from the Information Center in the black display case.

 

                                                                                                                              

Our Easter Surprise: The Story of Holy Week and Easter

For our young worshippers, the six weeks of Lent can seem like forever. This devotional focuses on Holy Week and Easter, and provides them an understanding of the basic stories and symbols of this season. While this devotional is intended to be used for the 8 days of Holy Week, families are welcome to use it for the two weeks leading up to Easter if they so choose. This devotional will be available beginning March 31.

 

 

 

Breaking the Chains: A Family-Friendly Lenten Devotional

For mid/older elementary and youth, this deovtional engages the entire family through words of Scripture and daily practices of liberation. Each day, break a link in the paper chain (purple links for the 40 days of Lent, and white links for the Sundays) and practice resurrection. Each link in the chain contains a hands-on, accessible practice for individuals and/or families to help engage with the season of Lent.

 

 

 

Awakening to God's Beauty: A Lenten invitation to pray with art.

For older youth and adults, this devotional invites us to engage in the spiritual discipline of "visia divina", or "divine seeing": using an image as the focus for meditation and contemplation. Each Sunday, a new image will be presented, and during the week, you are invited to continue your meditation and reflections on God's beautiful works in the world through the Psalms.

 


New Lenten Adult Class Offerings

Join us for a new Lenten Adult Sunday School Class using Cultivating and Letting Go, a devotional from A Sanctified Art. Beginning Sunday, March 3, this class will run through Sunday, April 14, and meets in the Multipurpose Room from 9:45-10:45 am.

 


Lenten Worship Opportunities

During the season of Lent, we will have our regular Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 (with communion) and 11:00 am, or you are welcome to join us at 12:10 pm on Wednesdays for midweek prayer and communion. During Holy Week, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter, we have several special worship opportunities, both here and in the Stillwater community. 

 

  

 

Community Ecumenical Holy Week Services

These noontime worship services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 400 West 7th Ave., from 12:10 - 12:50 pm, Monday, April 15th - Friday, April 19th. Each day's service is led by leaders from different Stillwater area churches, and organists from the Cimarron Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

 

Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 14

Two worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 am with the procession of palms and the celebration of communion

Palm Sunday Celebration at 9:45 am

 

Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 18

Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm with handwashing and celebration of communion.

 

Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 2114

Two festive worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 am with  the celebration of communion

Easter Celebration at 9:45 am, beginning in the Multipurpose Room