The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 10. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection and commitment; a time when we are invited to take on new practices of faith that deepen our walk with God.
At the heart of the Christian faith is our participation in the life, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus Christ as Lord. During the season of Lent we follow Jesus into the wilderness, remembering his time of trial and temptation there. For that reason, Lent consists of 40 days, not counting Sundays – which are always considered the Day of Resurrection.
Lent invites us into a time of prayer, repentance, and disciplined spiritual practices that sometimes include fasting (abstaining from some food or activity that we turn to for comfort). The purpose of this abstinence is to interrupt our unconscious reliance upon these things and awaken us to our need for full reliance upon God. This is a good time to try out a new discipline of devotion (such as daily Bible reading, keeping a gratitude journal, or memorization of Psalms).
Here at Pleasantville, we “practice” our Lenten walk in a special way. For five consecutive Wednesday evenings we gather for a simple meal and fellowship, followed by worship and our Lenten program. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner in Lentz Fellowship Hall. At 7:30 p.m. we move into the Chapel for a brief service of worship followed by our Lenten program. We conclude each week by 8:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Worship in the Main Sanctuary (nursery care provided)
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a particular time for new beginnings in the faith, a time for returning to the Lord. On this day we recall our mortality and wait upon the Lord for a renewing Spirit. This is a time for putting aside the sins and failures of the past in the light of who we are yet to become by the grace of God. Ashes, created from burning last year’s palms from Palm Sunday, are used to mark the sign of the cross (on the hands or forehead) reminding us not only of our own mortality but of the victory and joy of new life we have found in Jesus Christ.
8:00 a.m. Worship in the Chapel9:30 a.m. Worship in the Main Sanctuary
On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, symbolizing peace. On Palm Sunday, we reenact Jesus’ triumphant entry into the Holy City. Then, his disciples waved palm branches in celebration and triumphant rejoicing, laying them on the road before their king. Found in desert oases, the palm branch was referred to as the tree of life. In ancient times, they were associated with life and blessing, and were used as a victory symbol at games and in battles.
7:30 p.m. Tenebrae Worship with Communion (nursery care provided)
On Maundy Thursday, Christians commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. Maundy Thursday (also referred to as "Holy Thursday") is typically a solemn occasion, marked by the shadow of Jesus' betrayal. Here at Pleasantville, we observe Maundy Thursday with an ancient service known as "Tenebrae" (Latin for 'shadows' or 'darkness') which involves the gradual extinguishing of candles as the story of betrayal and desertion is recalled.
7:30 p.m. Chalfont United Methodist Church (11 Meadowbrook Lane, Chalfont, PA 18914)
On Good Friday, Christians remember the passion, suffering, and death of our Lord. Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. The name "Good" Friday comes from an old English use of the word "good" meaning "holy." The day is also known as "Holy Friday" in some Christian denominations. According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus endured the torment of crucifixion for some six hours from the third hour (about 9 a.m.) until his death at the ninth hour (about 3 p.m.).
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