Lent

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Ash Wednesday service with meditation, prayer, ashes, and sacred music. In Fuller Chapel, left front of the sanctuary, March 2, 7:00 pm.

Lenten Bible Study on the the last week of Jesus' life on earth, which has much to teach us about what’s really important in our lives. Hoping to emulate Jesus, we will reflect on his final week as an example of a life well lived.

 

Facilitated by Pastor Wayne and based largely on the book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine, these sessions will explore often overlooked but inspiring incidents from the life of Jesus during holy week.  

To prepare, prayerfully read the selected Bible passages ahead of time and come prepared to be challenged!

March 8     Palm Sunday Parade - Matthew 21:1-11
March 15   A Place to Pray - John 2:13-22
March 22   Who Do You Think You Are? - Mark 11:27- 12:12
March 29   About that Last Supper… - Luke 22:1-40 & I Corinthians 11:23-26
April 5        Gethsemane Pressure - Mark 14:32-52
April 12      Golgotha - Matthew 26:57- 27:66

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm on Zoom. Get the link from the church office or the Constant Contact newsletter.

Contemplating Mysteries  Violinist Susanna Ogata will perform two of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's Mystery Sonatas, The Visitation and Carrying the Cross, each of which is a musical meditation on one of the mysteries meant to be contemplated while engaged in Rosary devotion, and Andrus Madsen and Pastor Wayne will lead us on a meditative journey based on these pieces. 

This is an opportunity to engage in a devotional practice similar to the Lectio Divina exercises that many of us enjoyed during Advent with Katie Omberg.  Also, the sorrowful mysteries from the Biber Mystery Sonatas will feature prominently in this year’s Good Friday Tenebrae observance, and this exercise may open up channels to make the Good Friday experience all the richer.

Sunday, March 20, at 11:30 am

Lenten Cantata  Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt.  In March of 2020, the choir was prepared to sing the Stabat Mater by Pärt for the Lenten Cantata the week after we cancelled services.  The choir is ready now to finally offer up this beautiful and tender choral masterwork, which many believe to be Arvo Pärt’s greatest work, written in 1985. The medieval Stabat Mater poem, while ancient, connects intensely with our current experience in that it centers around sharing grief with someone (Mary) who is remote, creating intimacy and connection with someone who is not in the same place. 

Sunday, March 27 during the morning service at 10:00 am. 

Holy Week

Palm Sunday, April 10 Morning service with the distribution of palms, 10:00 am. 

Maundy Thursday, April 14  We begin with a light supper at 6:00 pm followed by a service at 6:30 commemorating Jesus' Last Supper, all in Fellowship Hall (parking lot entrance). If possible, call the office to let us know how many people to expect, and bring some cheese or bread or fruit to share.  

Good Friday, April 15 

Afternoon Reflection on the crucifixion in Fuller Chapel, left front of the sanctuary, 1:00-3:00 pm. Come and go as you feel moved.

Evening Tenebrae service of music in a darkened sanctuary, beginning at 7:30 as candles are gradually extinguished, in a dramatic ritual memorializing the death of Jesus Christ. The music will include several Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, the Stabat Mater of Giovanni Felice Sances, and two Tenebrae Lessons by Giovanni Paolo Colonna. 
 

Violin - Cynthia Freivogel, Susanna Ogata
Singers - Mary Ruth Lown, Sarah Coffman, Shiba Nemat-Nasser
Viola da gamba - Laura Jeppesen, Sarah Coffman
Harpsichord - Andrus Madsen

Easter Sunday, April 17 celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 10:00 am. All are invited to join the choir in singing the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel's Messiah at the end of the service.

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From Pastor Wayne: Lent provides the believer with 40 weekdays leading up to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. These weeks give us time to embrace a deeper practice of introspection and appreciation for personal suffering as well as space to consider the trials of others around us who are in need. As we give up certain freedoms and pleasures, we become more mindful of what others have to do without and we resolve to see how we might provide relief to those among and beyond our communities who need assistance. The Scriptures are full of examples of people who got this right, though sadly, the Bible contains even  more stories of others who missed this simple, but profound biblical truth.

Lent has also long been associated with fasting from food (based on the 40 day period that Jesus spent in the wilderness). Of course, doing without certain foods, drinks or practices also reminds us that we can actually live without these pleasures. But the main focus is on how we might allow such deprivation to strengthen our individual and community-wide resolve to be better exemplars of our faith tradition, while showing mercy and bringing physical relief to those who may need it. However, beware: such empathy-soaked disciplines will increase blessings for others and just may cost you more than a little treasured apathy!