Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 26th this year. Lent provides an important time of preparation and self-reflection before the Easter celebrations to follow. We’ll mark Ash Wednesday with a time of worship, including imposition of ashes, in our main building sanctuary at 7:00pm. For those who can’t make the evening worship time, we will offer a time when persons can stop in just for imposition of ashes upstairs in our chapel between noon and 12:30pm.

 

         Lenten Devotional 2020

We are Christians on a mission, even in the season of Lent! The daily devotions in this booklet highlight the concepts of being sent, demonstrating faith in action and being mission-minded each day of Lent. Suggested activities are associated with preparing our hearts, souls and minds to reflect on the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and His mission for us.

Each family is encouraged to pick up a copy of the Lenten devotional, “Living the Gospel Life,” to help you and your family grow closer to Christ and live the life Christ calls us to live. (Copies will be available in the parlor beginning mid-February.) The daily devotions include a Bible verse, brief devotion, prayer, and daily challenge—to help you live God’s Word. The daily devotions begin on Ash Wednesday, February 26, and conclude on Easter Sunday, April 12.  May God bless you and seek Christ and follow Him!

Families with children are encouraged to pick up the Lenten devotional

“With Our Savior” by Claire McGarry.

With Our Savior: Family Devotions for Lent by [McGarry, Claire]

You’re invited to participate in the Lenten study: “He Chose the Nails” 

He Chose the Nails Study Guide: What God Did to Win Your Heart
 

The Ark Builders Class (9:00am, Rm. 22) and Faith Matters Class (10:15am,

Rm. 22) will do a Lenten Study by Max Lucado, He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart.

Every gift from God reveals His love, but no gift reveals His love more than the gifts of the cross. These gifts came not wrapped in paper but in passion. They were not placed around a tree but around a cross. They were not covered with ribbons but sprinkled with the blood that Christ shed on our behalf.

In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at His crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow. The nails that tore His flesh. The seamless robe that He removed for us. The empty tomb where He forever defeated sin and death.

The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts He didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for His voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear Him whisper, “I did it just for you.”

The He Chose the Nails Study Guide includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions, and an additional session for churches and small groups using this study as part of Lent.

This 5-week study will begin March 1, and everyone is welcome to participate!