Lent and Easter

LENT

Lent is observed during the 40-days (excluding Sundays) that lead up to Easter. During Lent, we take time for turning and returning to God. We self-examine, and reflect honestly about where we have been and where we would like to grow in our lives and in our relationships with others and God. We ask for God’s help in preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

ASH WEDNESDAY

Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday. We use ashes and Communion to observe this beginning at an intimate service. Ashes are placed on our foreheads by the Pastor accompanied by the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We say prayers of confession and reflection, hear scripture and meditate, and sing hymns to observe this holy day.

PALM SUNDAY

We commemorate the day Jesus triumphantly entered the holy city of Jerusalem with crowds waving palm branches and crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” This year, we’ll gather in person and via Zoom, beginning with a Palm Parade at 10:30 am.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Jesus’ commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday. This is demonstrated in Jesus’ example of servanthood when he washed the feet of his disciples and in the gift of Jesus’ self in Communion. We praise God for revealing Christ’s presence among us on this night of goodbyes. We observe Communion and hear scripture readings during a Tenebrae portion of the service. Join us for Maundy Thursday in person or via Zoom at 7:30 pm.

GOOD FRIDAY

We encounter the stark reality of Jesus’ crucifixion and death as the focus of Good Friday is the Passion narrative. On this solemn day we consider how we can be present in a world God has redeemed and loves. There is no formal service on this day but you are invited to practice a solemn day of prayer at home.

EASTER SUNDAY

Easter is the most prominent holy day in the Christian tradition when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter, we rejoice that love always has and always will win. We celebrate the victory of life over death. We hear uplifting and triumphant music, sing and shout our Hallelujahs, and declare that Christ is risen indeed! Join us via in person or via Zoom at 10:30 am.

For more information and Zoom Links please email welcome@pilgrimcongregational.org