Celebrating Lent and Easter 2018
at Haney Presbyterian Church
Lent is one of the most special seasons of the church year. We have anticipated and celebrated the birth of Jesus in Advent and Christmas and declared God’s love for the whole world in Epiphany. Now during Lent we will journey through Jesus’ adult life as he reveals to us who God is and how much God loves us, ending with the dark days of Holy Week. On Easter Sunday and the season following, we will celebrate the resurrection and the life we have in Christ.
Lent is a season that focuses our attention on discipleship. It pushes us to examine ourselves and the many ways we have turned away from God. Rather than a shallow giving up of personal pleasures, Lent invites us to give up those things that have pulled us away from God and take up those things that draw us toward Him.
Lent starts with Ash Wednesday on February 14 and continues for 40 days until April 1st. These forty days do not include Sundays which are “little Easters.”
Here are some of the ways we will celebrate Lent and Easter at Haney Presbyterian Church in 2018.
- Family Services 10:00 a.m. on February 18 (first Sunday in Lent) and April 1 (Easter Sunday).
- Adventures in Prayer Bookmarks. The prayer pattern is in one side, recommended texts for meditation on the other. We are reading our way through crucifixion and resurrection texts of the gospel of John.
- Taking Faith Home. If you have not started using the Taking Faith Home inserts, Lent is an ideal time to start. Each week this insert gives suggested Daily Bible Readings, Caring Conversation Starters, a Devotion, a Service Idea, a Ritual and Tradition, and more.
- Adventure Eggs 2018 for Families with Children 12 and under. These start on March 21 and are a fun and interactive way to tell the story of Holy Week.
- Wednesday February 14 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Family Service. This is a short, child-friendly, meditative service to start our Lenten journey. Receiving ashes on our forehead acknowledges our human finiteness and mortality. It reminds us of our own sinfulness and announces our repentance and sorrow. We will open ourselves to God and trusts Him to lead us to resurrection life.
- Thursday Evening Bible Studies, March 15 and March 22, 7:00 p.m. There will be two opportunities to study the texts for Good Friday and Easter Sunday: come to one or come to both. On March 15 we will study the texts for Good Friday (Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25 OR Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42) and on March 22 we will prepare for Easter Sunday (Acts 10:34-43 OR Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 OR Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 OR Mark 16:1-8)
- Palm Sunday Interactive Event. March 25 (11:30 – 2:00) we will hold our annual Palm Sunday Event. The afternoon will begin with a potluck finger food lunch and then we’ll walk through the stations in small groups. Ages 1 – 100.
- Maundy Thursday Service, March 29, 6:00 p.m., join us at the table for a fellowship meal and the celebration of communion.
- Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services, March 30 and April 1, at 10:00 a.m. These two services are very different in nature, the one solemn and quiet as we remember the death of Jesus, and the other joyous and exuberant as we celebrate his resurrection from the dead. Together they proclaim the mystery of our faith: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
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