On April 1, we enter the most sacred week on the Christian calendar – Holy Week. With Palm Sunday, we walk with Jesus into Jerusalem and set our faces toward the cross. Our worship is at 10 AM in the sanctuary.
April 5 – Maundy Thursday, Soup and Bread Dinner with Holy Communion, 6:30 PM, Parlor.
During dinner, we will have fun exploring the meal that Jesus ate with his friends at Passover, and we will spend some time with those few who walked with Jesus into the last week of his life, the disciples. This service is especially child friendly.
April 6 – Good Friday, Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness), 7:00 PM, Sanctuary.
As we tell the last hours of Jesus’ life, we extinguish candles one by one until the world is left in darkness awaiting the dawn of Easter morning.
April 8 – Easter Sunday. Alleluia! Easter Egg Hunt (Rain or Shine), 9:00 AM
Easter Service, 10:00 AM, Sanctuary
Easter Brunch, following the service, Downstairs Fellowship Hall
Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday. With the Imposition of Ashes, Christians remember our mortality. We are told, “From dust you come. To dust you shall return.” And, with those words, we begin six weeks of reflecting on the the ways in which we live in between.
The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “lencten,” which means “spring.” Specifically, Lent is the six week period that precedes Easter. During this time, potential converts to the faith are asked to examine their hearts and to determine whether they really desire to die with Christ and be raised with him. It is a time for those who already walk in The Way, the examine our hearts, determine the ways in which we have strayed, and take steps to come back home.
Some people find Ash Wednesday “depressing.” But, it isn’t intended to be depressing. It is intended to invite us back to intentional life with Christ. It reminds us in a very stark way that we have limited days with life’s breath in us. How we live those days rests with us.
Queen Anne UMC encourages you to take Lent seriously. The traditional spiritual disciplines of the season include alms giving (giving to charity), fasting (giving something up), and prayer. And, remember, that Sundays are “little Easters.” If you do take on a fast, you can take a break from it on Sundays!
As part of your Lenten journey, we invite you to a Thursday evening Bible study with Wes Howard-Brook who will be teaching “Coming Out of Empire, Moving Into Christ.” It will take place March 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7-9 PM in the Sanctuary.