Wilderness | Lent 2020

Wilderness | Lent 2020

Wilder • ness
“state of the wild”

Lent begins in the wilderness. The Spirit guides Jesus into the wilderness where he comes face to face with temptation and struggle. Yet, in his forty days of fasting, resisting, and wandering, Jesus is shaped and formed for his ministry. Similarly, through the wilderness of Lent, we are invited to surrender to the wild leadings of the Spirit. We rarely enter the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we remember who we are and whose we are. The wilderness can become sacred even if it remains dangerous. There is no wilderness space too harsh or threatening for God’s love. This Lent, we welcome you to the journey.
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

April 5 | 9:00 & 10:30 am | Sanctuary

Joyful “Hosannas” will ring throughout the Sanctuary as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on this festival day! The procession of palms into worship will be led by our children’s choir, Joyful Noise, who will also provide music in worship in collaboration with the Chancel Choir. This is also the day that begins Holy Week, when we will continue to look at themes of Wilderness in Jesus’ ministry, as well as our own lives.
Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

April 9 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and so this service is built around the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples in the Gospel of John; “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). In our liturgy we will commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, his washing of their feet, and his time of prayer in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest and crucifixion. A service of holy communion will be shared and there will be a time of reflection and prayer as we enter into the final days of the wilderness of Lent.
Good Friday

Good Friday

April 10 | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary

The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. It is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering where we will relive his Passion in scripture and music, led by our Chancel Choir. Gradually, seven candles will be extinguished, culminating with the Christ candle, to symbolize Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and death. That candle will remain unlit until our service of Easter Vigil, when we begin our celebration of the resurrection.
Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 11 | 7:00 pm | Amphitheater

For much of the church’s history, the Easter Vigil was the central service that celebrated Christ’s resurrection and victory over death. We will join in this tradition of keeping the vigil by once again lighting the new fire, remembering beloved biblical stories of God’s goodness and salvation, sharing a meal of holy communion, and welcoming new members into our congregation. This service of joy is our re-introduction to the resurrected Christ and gives a taste of what’s to come on Easter morning!
Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

April 12 | 9:00 & 11:00 am | Sanctuary

Let us gather to rejoice as one at the resurrection of Christ! In the light of Jesus’ victory over the grave, our final exploration of wilderness in this season will be to consider the wilderness as a place of rebirth and new beginnings. Join us in our celebration with a shared meal of holy communion and a fanfare of festival music and hymns led by our Chancel Choir, Chapel Bells, Easter brass, and organ.

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