On February 26, we will join together on Ash Wednesday in a focused time of prayer and repentance to begin the holy season of Lent. Lent is a season of forty days (not counting Sundays), which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday just before Easter. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring" and the forty day period represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.

Lent is traditionally a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is an important time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was also a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, it is a specific season for us as Christians to focus on our relationship with God. In doing so, many of us often choose to give up or fast from something we enjoy or that might be hindering us from deepening our relationship with God (i.e. social media, unhealthy foods/beverages, toxic relationships, an attitude/mindset, or television programs). We may also decide to add something to our daily routine that focuses our hearts on serving others (sharing a random act of kindness, starting a Bible study or prayer group with friends, writing cards or making calls to those in need, or visiting those who are homebound).

This Lenten season, whether you are choosing to fast from something or adding a spiritual discipline (or both!), may we use these 40 days to be intentional about growing closer to the Lord and to each other. I also invite you to join us in the following special worship opportunities as we set out on this journey together:

Ash Wednesday (February 26) at 5:30pm (children’s service), dinner at 6pm, and traditional worship at 6:30pm

Palm Sunday (April 5) at 8:30, 9:30, and 11am

Maundy Thursday (April 9) at 6:30pm. This is a combined service with Point Hope UMC and First Church is hosting this year.

Good Friday (April 10) At noon we will meet at 21st Ave beach access to walk through the stations of the cross together.

Easter Sunday (April 12) Sunrise service at Breach Inlet, followed by worship at 8:30, 9:30, and 11am