What did Jesus care about most, and what did he want most for those who follow him? Every year we observe the holy season of Lent to prepare for the Easter celebration of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. This year during Lent, we’re going back to the basics with Jesus by studying his most definitive teaching moment: The Sermon on the Mount. This season is a great time to better understand what Jesus actually taught, why he came, and what it means to follow him. Not conforming to the world’s rules, traditions, or religious doctrine, Jesus’ message was “unorthodox” at that time and still is today. Join us on Sundays, March 5 through April 9 as we explore this important passage of scripture.
Then, take it a step further: join a Lenten small group or Sunday School class for our church-wide study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. This landmark book is all about following Jesus, centered on his teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. Published in 1937, Bonhoeffer’s work offers a unique perspective from a Pastor, Theologian, Anti-Nazi dissident and leader of a movement among German Christians to keep the Church from being co-opted by the Third Reich. The Cost of Discipleship is a classic, and Bonhoeffer’s words have called upon Christians for generations to hear Jesus’ call and follow only him. This Lenten season, let’s follow Christ together into new life.
March 1, 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary
We begin our Lenten journey by confronting our own sin and mortality. Ashes remind us that we are going to die; however, they are marked on us in the sign of the cross to assure us of God’s love for us.
Ashes to Go
March 1, Sidewalk by Church, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
For those whose schedule prevents them from attending the later services, and as a public witness to passers-by, pastors will be outside of the church marking people with ashes.
Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
April 9, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sanctuary
This service begins with the pageantry of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. All are given a palm to wave as we sing of how the people welcomed Jesus and then, we somberly walk with Jesus to the cross.
Murchison Chapel During Holy Week, April 9-April 16
A labyrinth has a single circuitous path that winds its way into the center. The path allows a person to be quiet and focus internally, walking a path of prayer, while meditating. It consists of three phases of movement: (1) going into the labyrinth and letting go of all that keeps us from connecting with God; (2) arriving at the center of the labyrinth, which represents the state of union with God; and (3) then leaving the labyrinth and returning to the world in a new way, accompanied by God. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Worship
April 13, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
Today, we celebrate the Holy Meal which Jesus began in the Upper Room on the night before his crucifixion. “Maundy” refers to the new commandment (novum mandatum in Latin) to “love one another,” which Jesus gave to his disciples as he washed their feet during this meal (John 13:34). Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are made present to us in this meal.
Good Friday Family Service
April 14, 10:30 a.m., Wesley Hall
Families are invited to observe Good Friday together through prayer, singing, cross-making and story-telling. Parents will help their children learn and experience the passion stories leading up to Easter in age appropriate prayer stations, stories and activities. Afterwards, families may lunch together (b.y.o.) on the Capitol grounds.
Good Friday Worship Service
April 14, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
On this day we go to the foot of the cross. Through scripture, prayer, passion hymns, we experience anew Christ’s crucifixion. The light of the cross both exposes our sin and God’s love for us.
Easter Egg Festival
Easter Egg Festival
April 15, 9:30-11:00 a.m., West Capitol Grounds
Join FUMC and the Easter Bunny for an Egg Hunt/Roll Picnic on the Capitol Grounds. Barbeque and hot dogs will be available for sale with proceeds supporting First UMC’s Eurasia Mission Team. Various opportunities are available to serve.
Easter Sunday Worship
April 16, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Today, amidst lilies and trumpets, we celebrate God’s victory over the powers of sin, oppression, and death. This is the eighth day—the first day of God’s new creation. We find new life and shout “Alleluia!”
April 16, 10:00 a.m., West Capitol Grounds
Enjoy the beauty of resurrection and new life as we release butterflies on the Capitol lawn.