Lent 2019

Next week we begin the season in the church known as Lent. Lent marks the 40 days that precede Holy Week and Easter. In the Bible, the number 40 relates to: the days of rain during the great flood experienced by Noah and his family; the number of years spent by Israel seeking the Promised Land after the Exodus; and the number of days Jesus was in the Wilderness after his baptism and prior to beginning his ministry.
For us, the Season of Lent is an invitation to 40 days of renewal (“Lent” means “spring”) when we prepare ourselves to take in the Good News of Easter through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
 
We will begin our Lenten observance with our Ash Wednesday service on March 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. This service sets the tone of reflection and repentance that usually characterizes this season. During this service we will receive the imposition of ashes as a sign of our penitence.
 
The Greater Lexington Area Minister’s Association (GLAMA) will once again sponsor a 30 minute noontime worship service on six Wednesdays during Lent. Each week, pastors from different denominations will take turns leading the service. Following the service, there is a light lunch served for just $5. First United Methodist Church hosts the service and provides the meal. This service and lunch is a wonderful time to worship and fellowship with other Christians from the greater Lexington area.
 
Youth Sunday will fall during lent on Sunday, March 17th. We will have just one service at 11 a.m. so that our entire church can be blessed by the youth. Following the service, our Young Disciple Middle School Youth Group will provide a salad and potato bar lunch for the congregation.
 
Saturday, April 13th will provide us the opportunity to put our faith into action as we join with other churches in Touching Davidson County With Love through our day of service.
We encourage everyone to make plans to participate as we serve our community in the name of Jesus. More information about this day will be forthcoming.
 
On Palm Sunday, April 14th, GLAMA will sponsor the Palm Sunday Parade to the square with a brief service with participants from many of the downtown and area churches. The service begins at 12:15. This annual event is a much looked forward tradition in Lexington. We will have our annual Easter Egg hunt that afternoon.
 
On Thursday, April 18th, our brothers and sisters at First United Methodist Church will join us at 7 p.m. for a joint Maundy Thursday Service. We will be hosting the service this year with an anthem by our combined choirs. Dr. Weisner from FUMC will be preaching.
 
The big day of celebration will be Easter Sunday, April 21st, and we will just one service as we celebrate Easter together.
 
As you can see, the Lenten / Easter season is full of meaningful opportunities for developing one’s faith. I encourage you to participate as you are able. It is a blessing to be in such a vibrant faith community!
 
Grace and peace to you,
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee