Preparing for Lent and looking to Eastertide
At New City, we order our worship as church family using the church calendar. The liturgical calendar marks time following the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. We don’t find the church calenar in the Bible; it's not magical and it’s nothing so sacred that we can’t adapt it. But for centuries and centuries the church has marked time differently using the church calendar as a pedagogical tool.
The church year teaches us and forms us as we live our lives in rhythm with the story of Jesus Christ.
Next week, we move to the churchseason of Lent. Lent is a time marked by turning from our sin and remembering our mortality.
Craig Higgins describes this season of Lent well in his article “Keeping a Holy Lent:”
“Lent, as a season of preparation, is traditionally focused on repentance. Speaking biblically, to repent means to make a change in our attitudes, words, and lifestyles. As 16th century reformer Martin Luther taught, the Christian life in its totality is a life of repentance. Beginning when we first commit our lives to Christ, and continuing throughout our lives, we are more and more turning away from sin and self-centeredness and more and more turning to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Lent is observed the 40 days leading up to Easter weekend. And we’ll begin observing Lent next week with our Ash Wednesday service and continue until Good Friday.
As we look to this season, we wanted to share what we’re planning for Easter weekend so you can mark your calendars.
We’ll gather on Good Friday to read and sing through the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life. Childcare will be provided for children ages 4 and under. Childcare RSVP deadline is April 3rd @ noon.
Rain or shine, join us the Saturday prior to Easter @ 10a for a pancake brunch with sausage, fruit, OJ, and mimosas. If the weather is fair, the easter egg hunt will begin outside at 11a. (If it's rainy we won't have an egg hunt, rather, each child will receive eggs in a goodie bag). Please register as soon as possible so we can accurately assess our numbers for the event.
We will also need SEVERAL volunteers to make this event successful. Please consider signing up to set-up, cook, or tear down if you are able. There are many shifts to choose from! You'll be able to access sign-ups as you register. If you have questions, please reach out to Amy Samad email@example.com
Join us for worship on this Sunday of Sundays! He is risen indeed!
We'll gather at our regular times of 9a & 10:45a. We'll also have a couple professional photographers from our congregation will be around taking FREE portraits (1-3 per family/group/household) for later digital download!
As we enter Lent and look to the hope of Easter, we are thankful for the opportunity to commemorate these seasons as a church family. We hope you'll join us.