The season of Lent is a time for growth in faith – through prayer, spiritual discipline, and self-examination in preparation for the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Reconciliation is a key theme in the season of Lent – reconciliation with God and with one another through the grace of Christ. Lent is a period of forty days – like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call of repentance to Nineveh, and Jesus’ testing in the wilderness. The Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th) and concludes on Holy Saturday before Easter Sunrise.
This Lent, we will be looking at the Seven Last Words of Christ and our Chancel Choir will be leading this musically during our Palm Sunday Cantata (April 14th).
The Seven Last “Words” of Jesus Christ from the cross are seven short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary. The seven last words of Jesus Christ come from all four of the Gospels. A person's final articulated words said prior to death or as death approaches generally are taken to have significance. These seven sayings, being "last words", may provide a way to understand what was ultimately important to Jesus as he died on the cross. For centuries these seven last words of Jesus have been also used as meditation points for spiritual conferences, retreats, and Lenten missions. We too will be using these words to guide us in worship as we prepare for the wonder and joy of Easter.
Ash Wednesday March 6 – Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:24 – Simple Supper at 5:30pm; worship at 7pm in the sanctuary
Sunday March 10 – Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Luke 23:43
Sunday March 17 – Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother. John 19:26-27
Sunday March 24 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Mark 15:34
Sunday March 31 – Guest Preacher
Sunday April 7 – I am thirsty. John 19:28
Sunday April 14 – Chancel Choir Cantata – It is finished. John 19:30
Maundy Thursday April 18 –Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Luke 23:46 – Simple Supper at 5:30pm; worship at 7pm in the sanctuary
Easter Sunday April 21 – Going Home Amazed – Luke 24:1-12