Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts on Easter Sunday and over time became a time for penance by all Christians.
Lent is a season in which persons of faith often fast (give up) from something as they focus on their commitment to God. In recent years some Christians have used the season of Lent as a time to take up some new faith practice or offering expressions of charity and mercy to others. The focus throughout the entire season is deepening our relationship with God in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020) with special services of worship in which ashes are placed on participant’s foreheads as a sign of repentance. The service is a time for us all to remember our mortality and confess our sins before God within the community of faith. This year’s services at City Road Chapel UMC will be held at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the City Road Chapel Sanctuary.
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday on April 12. The week begins on Palms to Passion Sunday (April 5, 2020) when the church remembers Jesus’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem by waving palm branches in the service. The service then moves to the events of the “passion” of Jesus — his arrest and trial leading to his death sentence. Our Palm Sunday worship services will be at 8 and 10 a.m.
Good Friday is the day in which people of faith remember Christ’s death and burial. In 2020 we will be gathering for a special worship service on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. focusing on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ, that is, the seven last sayings that Jesus uttered while on the cross. This service will feature music and spoken words that help all connect to the reality of the crucifixion.
Of course, the season of Lent culminates with the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. City Road Chapel will host services of celebration at 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2020. These services will include special music and Holy Communion.
In addition to these events, City Road Chapel provides guides to help all in focusing their attention on their relationship with God during this special season. You can get print copies of the devotional guide at the church.
For more information on Lenten and Easter activities at City Road Chapel UMC, please email our pastor Jay Voorhees at email@example.com.