Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Lent Information

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ-

I love Lent better than Advent. I love the themes of Lent, the music of Lent, and the divine drama that takes place each year as we move from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Lent is all about Jesus’ Passion, the Jesus’ walk to the cross, times of prayer, deepening of faith and grace, and the beauty of the love of God for the sake of the world. Lent is about gathering together, eating a meal with each other, considering the beauty of God, and giving thanks that we are a people of God in Christ.

I invite you to come and be with others at St John’s during Lent 2015.

Each of the Midweek Lenten Worship evenings will begin with a meal. Special Children’s food will be available each night, and as we gather we will take time from our busy schedules to connect with each other.

Then there will be worship at 6:30 pm. Ash Wednesday will also have a NOON service, and will be a time to remember our mortality and our hope in the promise of God with the giving of Ashes. The remaining Five Wednesday evening services will begin with a Children’s Time. Then we will share the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy. For the message this year we will be doing a series of readers theater conversations called “At the Cross with Jesus.” We will listen to the stories of the Apostles John and Peter, of Mary the Mother of our Lord and Mary Magdalene, and of Judas Iscariot.

This will bring us to Palm Sunday and Jesus entrance into Jerusalem, and the celebration of the Great and Holy Week. Holy Wednesday we will again celebrate the Service of Healing. Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus and the disciples, foot washing and the Last Supper. Good Friday will be the contemplative service of Tenebrae, where with readings and hymns, and light being reduced to shadows we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. Holy Saturday brings us to the Easter Vigil, which is the oldest service we have within our liturgy. Walking like the children of Israel behind a pillar of fire (the Paschal Candle) and smoke (the Thurible of Incense) we come to a place of hearing the stories of Salvation, the celebration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the great declaration that “Christ is Risen; Christ is Risen Indeed!”

Easter Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ at 8:30am, and a Family Festival Service of Easter at 11:00 that is child friendly and family oriented. And, echoing our glad refrain of Christ’s resurrection over death, on the octave of Easter we will enjoy the presentation of an Easter Cantata from the Majesty Choir.

A calendar of these events is below. Please put this up at home where you can see it, or plug it into your cell phone reminders! Be prompted to come and learn, celebrate, and grow in grace in this Lenten/Easter Season!

God’s richest blessings be yours!

Pastor David
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2015 Lenten Series- At the Cross with Jesus//Holy Week and Easter Schedule
February 18- April 5, 2015


February 18
5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
Ash Wednesday-Imposition of Ashes-Sermon on the Ashes-Eucharist
Noon and 6:30pm Service

February 25
5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
6:30pm - Children’s Time-Holden Evening Prayer-Evening Presentation— John, a hot-tempered man who becomes the disciple of love

March 4
5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
6:30pm - Children’s Time-Holden Evening Prayer-Evening Presentation— Mary, the mother of Jesus -- a woman who suffers a mother's pain while humbly accepting God's will

March 11
5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
6:30pm - Children’s Time-Holden Evening Prayer-Evening Presentation— Peter -- an arrogant man who becomes a humble disciple

March 18
5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
6:30pm - Children’s Time-Holden Evening Prayer-Evening Presentation— Judas -- the disciple who failed because he thought he knew best

March 25 5:45-6:15pm Community Meal
6:30pm - Children’s Time-Holden Evening Prayer-Evening Presentation— Mary Magdalene -- a woman of the world who strives to love herself as Jesus loved her

<---The Great and Holy Week---> 

March 29- Palm/Passion Sunday, Eucharist, Reading of the Passion Story (Readers Theater Style)

April 1 - Holy Wednesday, Service of Healing, Eucharist
6:30pm Worship. No Meal.

April 2 - Maundy Thursday, Foot Washing, Eucharist, Stripping of Altar
6:30pm Worship. No Meal.

April 3 - Good Friday, Tenebrae
6:30pm Worship. No Meal.

April 4 - Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, Eucharist 
6:00pm Worship. Reception following.

April 5 - 8:30 am. Festival of the Resurrection, Eucharist
11:00am. Family Festival, Puppet Play, Eucharist

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