Over the last two-thousand years, or so, in the organized church, the Season of Lent has been a season of life to respectfully and discretely, reflect on the meaning of repentance and reconciliation in one’s life.
The Lenten Journey has a beginning and an ending. The Lenten Journey, the 40 day season of Lent, begins on, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 with Ash Wednesday. There will be three Ash Wednesday worship service opportunities for you. All of these 20 minute services will be held in the Church sanctuary. The times are 12:00 noon, 5:00p.m. & 7:30p.m.
The seven Sunday’s of Lent will feature a different lectionary theme scripture and a “take away” thought, a token, or a covenant promise.
A Lenten Bible Study titled, “John” a new Bible study released by author and United Methodist minister, the Rev. Dr. Adam Hamilton, will be held on Wednesday’s at 6:00p.m.
The very popular Dodge City Ministerial Alliance’s “Lenten Luncheon” series takes place at various churches around the community on Wednesday’s from 12:00 noon through 1:00 p.m. First United Methodist Church will host the Lenten Luncheon on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
The Lenten Journey comes to a climatic point during Holy Week at First United Methodist Church with Palm Sunday on Sunday March 20, 2016. There will be a procession of palms and children sing “loud hosannas” throughout the experience. Throughout the week the church will be open to those who desire to seek solace and sanctuary. The Maundy-Thursday experience of communion and symbolic foot-washing and stripping the altar will take place on Thursday March 24, 2016. A Good Friday Tenebrae observance of light and dark will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016.
The Lenten Journey ends on, Sunday, March 27, 2016, on Easter Sunday morning with an inside Easter Sunrise service on placing the altar back at 7:30 a.m. The celebration continues with the Sanctuary Choir joyously sharing an Easter Cantata during the 8:55 a.m. worship service and then the Casa de Oración and Solid Ground Contemporary services at 11:00a.m.