Lent & Easter 2019 at First Covenant
In Deuteronomy 9 Moses is giving his final words to the Hebrews and reciting their history as an act of remembrance and warning. Within their history, there is rebellion and at one point they abandon the God who had freed them from slavery; Moses says in verse 16, “Then I saw that you had indeed sinned against the Lord your God, by casting for yourselves an image of a calf; you had been quick to turn from the way that the Lord had commanded you.” Later, Moses tells the Hebrews, “If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves.” If only the Hebrews will continue to walk in the ways of the LORD, there is hope, there is a future, there is salvation. The Book of Psalms begins with “The Two Ways”—the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked ~ and concludes, “…the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1:6) Needless to say, the Psalmists continue to discuss these two ways throughout the book; in Psalm 101:1-2, King David writes, “I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing. I will study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it?”
Eventually, after the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his followers become the people of The Way. In Acts 9, our friend the Apostle Paul still called Saul is “…breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” The beginnings of what the world would come to know as Christianity began with people of The Way ~ men and women.
So what is the way? How do we follow the way? When, as King David wrote, do we attain the way?
Consider this your invitation to journey with us this Lent as we discover The Way. Based on the Beatitudes, every week we will unpack what it means to be People of The Way. Beginning on March 6 during our Ash Wednesday service, we will study “The Way of Humility” outlined in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Each week we will introduce a new way with a corresponding story to illustrate how God wants us to live. Our worship will look a little different during this time of contemplation and reflection. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we will be “Lighting the Way” by lighting a candle each week similar to advent. During our Good Friday service we will extinguish these candles in a Tenebrae-style worship. Every week, there will be something to look forward to in our worship and our shared time together at Connections from acts of service to acts of peace, liturgy of movement, drama, and art. So, mark these dates on your calendar and plan to bring the whole family ~ there is a way for everyone to be involved and reflect this Lenten and Easter season.
Schedule for Lent & Easter Week:
- March 6 – Fish Dinner at 5:15 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service with the imposition of ashes
- March 10 – 1st Sunday of Lent “The Way of Compassion”
- March 17 – 2nd Sunday of Lent “The Way of Justice”
- March 24 – 3rd Sunday of Lent “The Way of Forgiveness”
- March 31 – 4th Sunday of Lent “The Way of Obedience”
- April 7 – 5th Sunday of Lent “The Way of Peace”
- April 14 – Palm Sunday “The Way of Sacrifice”
- April 18 – Maundy Thursday Drama Worship Service with Communion at 6:30 p.m.
- April 19 – Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 6:30 p.m.
- April 21 – Easter Sunday “People of the Way”