What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with the human condition we may spend the rest of the year running from and it brings our need for a Savior to the forefront.
It’s a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper, so that when Good Friday and Easter come, it is not just another day at church, but an opportunity to receive the overflowing of grace God offers each of us.
What is happening during Holy Week?
PALM/PASSION SUNDAY | April 14th at 8am, 9:30am, & 11am
Bring your own palm branch to wave as together we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem!
HOLY WEEK MORNING PRAYER SERVICES | Monday-Friday, April 15th-19th, 7:30am
As we start each day of Holy Week, we’ll gather together in the Sanctuary for a short, half-hour service with prayer and a scripture meditation. If you are unable to attend in person, this service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/plantationumc.
MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP | Thursday, April 18th, 7:00pm
The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). Join us for this service of remembrance, as together we take Holy Communion.
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP | Friday, April 19th, 12:00-3:00pm
From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Join us in the Sanctuary for this service of remembrance, with speakers from many Christian traditions as together we journey through Jesus’ last hours, as we go through the Stations of the Cross together. Come for part of the service, or stay for the entire three hours. Nursery care will be available.
HOLY SATURDAY | April 20th
In your own home, by yourself or with others, walk through a liturgy that will be provided to you. There will also be a short video available online to be used during this at-home time of worship.
EASTER MORNING WORSHIP! | Sunday, April 21st
6:30am | Bluegrass Sunrise Service on the front lawn (bring a lawn chair or a blanket!)
8:00am | Traditional Service with Choir and Communion
9:30am | Praise Service with Communion
11:00am | Traditional Service with Choir and Communion
7:00pm | Evensong
CHILDREN’S EASTER CELEBRATION | Sunday, April 21st
Bring your own Easter basket and join us to celebrate Easter! Choose either the 9:30 Praise Service or 11:00 Traditional Service. After enjoying the first part of our child-friendly service together, the children will go to their very own Easter celebration geared just for them. The celebration will end with an exciting Egg Hunt.