LENT & EASTER 2019
This year during the Lenten season, the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, we are invited to sojourn with Jesus from his days in the desert to the celebration of his resurrection.
We’ll spend these forty days leaning into One Week—Holy Week, reflecting on the events, the crowds, and the emotions of this sacred time. The Gospel of Mark and the book, “The Last Week” by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan will be our guide on this journey.
We’ll have an opportunity, without hurried reflection, to begin to grasp the reality, the complexity and the hope of this Holy week. This sojourn is central to our faith, as we move on the path with Jesus and experience the excitement of Palm Sunday, the power of his teachings, the sober love of the last supper, the anguish of the trial and crucifixion and the love and glory of the resurrection.
Together, through our worship life, daily devotionals and spiritual learning communities, we’ll sojourn with Jesus, Encountering the Holy in new, unexpected, meaningful, hopeful and loving ways.
THE LENTEN SEASON
Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday.
We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays celebrate the Resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday March 6 and ends on April 20, which is the day before Easter. Lent is observed throughout the Christian Church and all may participate. And why would we want to participate…? Well, it is a time of self-reflection — soul searching. Before Jesus began his full time ministry, he went out to the wilderness to pray, to reflect, to let go and move even closer to God… (Matthew 4:1-11.) This is a time when we are invited to do the same, to wander in the wilderness with Jesus, to repent — to turn around — turn back toward God and others. It is a time to be forgiven and to be forgiving. Sometimes people might give something up OR take something on during this season. These 40 days give us time and space to shift some things in our life, let go of old ways, take on new ways of being in the world and with others, even ourselves. During this time, we are invited to pray, to fast, to forgive, to love and to open ourselves wide to the transforming grace and goodness of God.
Ash Wednesday Worship
WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 AT 7:00 AM, NOON, and 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, 46 days before the great Easter Celebration. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes; our need for God’s forgiveness and grace and the reality of our own mortality. The imposition of the ashes (palm branches from last year’s palm Sunday parade, burned to ashes) occurs in worship to remind us of our mortality and repentance. This ritual has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship.
Weekly Community Worship
EVERY SUNDAY AT 5:00 PM
Please join us for meaningful and moving worship during this Lenten season. Every Sunday @ 5pm It will be an inward Journey—but we won’t go it alone. It will require from us a willingness to trust the glory of God, even when we feel lost and uncertain—especially when we feel lost and uncertain.
Lenten Wednesday Worship
WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 13 – APRIL 17
- 7:00-7:30am: Wednesday Morning Worship & Lenten Study in the ChurchHouse
- 12-12:30pm: Welcoming prayer, Hopeful words, Quiet time, Go in peace in the Sanctuary
- 7:00-7:30pm: Lenten prayer and worship, with songs and Holy Communion in the Sanctuary
Lenten Spiritual Learning Communitys
WEDNESDAYS AT 6:30 PM IN THE SANCTUARY BUILDING
Weekly small group gatherings to discuss and reflect on our Lenten Devotionals with writing and photographs from members of KUCC. (Sign up for daily devotional emails here)
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Palm Sunday Worship
SUNDAY, APRIL 14 AT 5:00 PM
Come worship with a parade and palm branches as we celebrate the journey of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday Worship
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 AT 7:00 PM
Come and remember the Passover in the Upper Room and share in the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.
Good Friday Worship
FRIDAY, APRIL 19 AT 7:00 PM
You are invited into the darkness of this day—to watch and wait with Christ on the Cross. Beautiful Words, Music & Art will be offered.
The Easter Season
Eastertide begins on Easter morning and last 50 days ending with the celebration of Pentecost. This is a time of worship and celebration remembering Jesus’ promise to be with us always. It can also be a time of preaching and teaching about the early church and the many ways they shared the Good News of the Resurrection and created sacred space and home in their gatherings together. It is a time when the church lifts up that Christ Is Risen…Christ is Risen Indeed!
SUNDAY, APRIL 21 AT PULLMAN YARD
- 7:00 AM – Sunrise service at Pullman Yard on Rogers St NE across from the ChurchHouse
- 8:00 AM – Children’s Egg Hunt
- Easter Brunch following worship
Note: there will be no 5:00 p.m. worship on Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited to join us at the Sunrise Worship service.