Welcome to the wilderness.
Lent is a season of forty days that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter on Holy Saturday. Though Lent is not mentioned by name in the Bible, it is deeply rooted in both the Old and New Testaments. After God rescues them from Egypt, the Hebrew people spend forty years in the wilderness learning how to be God’s people so that they can enter the Promised Land. After his baptism, Jesus is driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. It is in the wilderness that Jesus fasts and prays while learning to depend on God alone.
For the early church, Lent was a time when new believers would prepare for their baptism with prayer and fasting, and it continues to be a time of repentance and self-denial for modern Christians around the world. It is customary for Christians to fast or give up certain luxuries as a means to increase our dependence upon God. Many Christians also choose to practice a spiritual discipline such as fixed-hour prayer, participating in a class or study, or seeking opportunities to practice serving others. What will you lay aside or take up this Lenten season? How are you preparing to walk in the newness of life on Easter?
Lenten Lunches on Wednesday
March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10
Noon in the Fellowship Hall
Join us on Wednesdays during Lent for worship, fellowship, and food. Each week, a different speaker will share an experience of encountering God during a time of wilderness. Lunches are provided by TUMC Sunday School classes.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13
10:00AM on the Front Lawn
All children through 2nd grade and their families are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt for stories, songs, eggs, food, and animals! Bring a basket and meet in the Sanctuary.
Holy Week Prayer Experience
Monday, April 15
Tuesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 17
Draw closer to God during Holy Week by walking the labyrinth in meditation and prayer. As you go through this self-guided prayer experience, you are invited to focus on the last week of Jesus’ life and his great sacrifice upon the cross for us.
Palm Sunday Services
Sunday, April 14
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When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, a large crowd of people hailed him as a conquering king, waving palm branches and laying their cloaks on the ground before him. All children are invited to meet on the Front Lawn before every service to participate in the Palm Sunday processional, where children will wave palm branches at the start of worship.