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 season of Lent is meant to be a time of introspection, contemplation, and repentance. All of which are fancy terms for taking a deep, hard look at ourselves, at our lives, at our world … and coming to terms with where we’re broken.
It’s a time to open our hearts a little wider and to 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 fully receive the overflowing love God offers each of us!
And this year Lent begins on February 14th: Valentine’s Day! What a fabulous coincidence. Can you think of a better day to begin this season than on a day that is meant to be a celebration of love?
We hope you'll join us on this journey!
What's happening during Lent?
ASH WEDNESDAY | Wednesday, February 14th
Receive ashes: 7:30-9:20am in front of the Sanctuary
Worship Service: 6:30pm in the Sanctuary
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It's so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on the forehead in the sign of a cross, as a reminder of our mortality and sin. So stop by the church on Wednesday morning to receive ashes! The pastors will be standing on the walkway in front of the Sanctuary. Or join us for a beautifully meaningful Ash Wednesday worship service at 6:30pm!
WEEKLY COMMUNION @ 8AM SERVICE
For the weeks of Lent, we will offer Communion each Sunday morning at our 8am Traditional Service. Communion will also be offered on the first Sunday of each month, as usual, in all three services.
FIGHT HATE + LIVE LOVE
In preparation for Lent, we launched a new initiative: a resource for our community that we will create together as a family of faith! We’re starting out by praying together for the 40 days of Lent (February 14th - March 31st). Our goal is to have every person at Plantation UMC — man, woman, youth, and child — pray for at least 15 minutes each week during Lent. Sign up for a time-slot today at www.fighthatelivelove.org, or call the church office at 954-584-7500! Contact Pastor Hedy for more information.
FACEBOOK LIVE: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
Beginning Wednesday, February 14th @ 7:30am
During the weeks of Lent (February 14th - April 1st), each weekday (Monday - Friday) Pastor Hedy will be on our Facebook page with an short exploration of a passage from the Gospel of John. Just click on the “like” button on our Facebook page and you’ll receive a notification whenever we go live with a video: www.facebook.com/plantationumc.
LUNCHTIME CLASS: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
Wednesdays, February 14th - April 4th, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 503
Bring a bag lunch and join us for this study of John’s beautiful, poetic rendering of the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Pastor Hedy will guide our discussion together. To reserve your seat, contact Pastor Hedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-584-7500.
What is happening during Holy Week?
PALM/PASSION SUNDAY | March 25th
8:00am | Traditional Service with Communion
9:30am | Praise Service
11:00am | Traditional Service
Bring your own palm branch to wave as together we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem! This day marks the beginning of Jesus' final days before his death on "Good Friday," and the celebration of Easter morning.
HOLY WEEK MORNING SERVICES | Monday-Friday, March 26th-30th, 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, March 29th, 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, March 30th, 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?” (Matthew 27:45-46).
Join us in the Sanctuary for this service of remembrance, with speakers from many Christian traditions as together we recall the last seven words of Christ. Come for part of the service, or stay for the entire three hours. Nursery care will be available.
EASTER MORNING WORSHIP! | Sunday, April 1st
6:30am | Bluegrass Sunrise Service on the front lawn
8:00am | Traditional Service with Communion
9:30am | Praise Service with Communion
11:00am | Traditional Service with Choir and Communion