Central will be observing a CONGREGATIONAL SABBATH during the 40 days of Lent. This will be a time for nurturing spiritual roots, slowing down and taking the time to listen, to pray and to learn.
It is hoped that committees and Ministry Areas will either suspend their meetings during Lent or intentionally spend their normal monthly meeting engaged in spiritually-enriching prayer, study or faith-sharing.
Lenten Sabbath opportunities that will contribute to renewal and refreshment include:
Noon & 7 p.m. on March 1
The noon service was held in the Commons Room and a lunch of soup and fresh-baked bread was served.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the 40 day and 6 Sunday period of reflection and penitence leading up to Easter Sunday.
The day is named for the ashes made by burning the palm fronds distributed on last year’s Palm Sunday which was placed on the foreheads of worshippers in the shape of a cross by Pastors David, Elizabeth and Jimmy. As the ashes were imposed, we were reminded of Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return,” a reminder of our mortality— life is brief—and we must live it to the fullest by (re)turning our full attention to the One who offers life abundant and life eternal.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SUPPERS
March 8, 22 & April 5
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Three mid-week Lenten Soup Suppers in Fellowship Hall begin with a soup supper served at 6 p.m. At 6:45 p.m., a speaker addresses a theme pertinent to our Lenten Sabbath.
On March 8, our first speaker was Rabbi David Wirtshafter of Temple Adath Israel speaking on the theme of “Sabbath, a Biblical and Personal Perspective.”
On March 22, our speaker was Jay McChord. Listen to his talk here:
On April 5, Lisa Maas and Jennie Shirey led Wednesdays Lenten program, “Making Space for the Holy,” by addressing the way our lives either get cluttered with too much stuff and overloaded with time commitments or get too settled and complacent that we fail to leave our comfort zone. Both often leave time and space for God out of the equation. The program consisted of a short dramatic presentation and a table discussion followed.
Listen to the presentation here:
A SILENT RETREAT ON HOLY SATURDAY
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Weekly Devotional/Prayer Guides that will encourage personal devotional practices enriching our preparation for the upcoming Sunday’s worship services will be provided each Sunday during Lent.
Get the entire Devotional/Prayer Guide HERE.
Finally, an opportunity will be provided for persons who desire to form a Prayer Dyad during the Lenten Season, covenanting to meet on a regular basis with another person for the purpose of sharing insights, struggles and blessings discovered during the Lenten Sabbath.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
11 a.m. service
(no 8:30 a.m. service)
Chancel Choir with:
Special guest conductor Maestro John Nardolillo, UK Director of Orchestras
Members of the UK Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Cacey Nardolillo, soprano, Sherri Phelps, alto, Justin Vickers, tenor, Keith Dean, bass