The Triumphant Love of Lent – Lent & Holy Week 2024

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday

February 14

Sundays in Lent | Wednesdays in Lent | Holy Week | At-Home Devotions

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Sundays in Lent: The Triumphant Love of Lent

Our 40-day Lenten journey begins with ashes and ends with a cross, but if we view Lent through those images alone, we miss the message God is sending.  Along with the confession of Ash Wednesday, we proclaim, “God’s mercy is great.”  From the cross of Good Friday, we hear Jesus say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The lens through which we should view Lent is one of love, not of condemnation. Indeed, John tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  We have experienced this transformational love, and our new mission statement – Inspire people to live boldly in God’s triumphant love – calls us to share it.

Services at 9:00am and 11:00am
February 18: Wild Love (live stream @ 11am)
February 25: Tough Love (live stream @ 9am)
March 3: Chapel of Love (live stream @ 11am)
March 10: So Loved (ONE service live streamed @ 10am)
March 17: Seeds of Love (live stream @ 11am)

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Wednesdays in Lent: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

When you think of Lent, you probably think of giving something up, making sacrifices, and giving offerings. When you think of Lent, you likely think about pain, the cross, and death. When you think of Lent, you perhaps think about sin, shame, and suffering. But the ultimate message of Lent – of Christ’s sacrifice for us – is love, which culminates triumphantly in Easter’s resurrection. So… what’s love got to do with Lent? Everything as it turns out. In fact, the whole story of the Bible can be viewed as one big love story – God’s love for us. On Wednesdays we explore the Old Testament readings from Sundays lectionary, which reveal God’s love from the very beginning.

Services at 7:00pm, Dinner at 5:45pm ($5/$8 per plate) Menu

February 14 (Ash Wednesday): Love Is Steadfast 12pm & 7pm (live streamed)
February 21: Love Is Renewing
February 28: Love Keeps Promises
March 6: Love Has Rules
March 13: (No Service this week)
March 20: Love Is Everlasting

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Holy Week:

March 24 (Palm Sunday): Sacrificial Love
Services with palms & passion narrative at 9am (live streamed) & 11am, 10am Pancake breakfast
March 28 (Maundy Thursday): Love in Humble Service
Services at 12pm (footwashing) (live streamed) & 6pm (dinner & worship)
March 29 (Good Friday): Love You to Death
Cross+Walk at 10:30am (interactive worship especially suited for children & families)
Services at 12pm and 7pm (live streamed)
March 32 (Easter): Triumphant Love
Services at 7am (outdoor sunrise), 9am (live streamed) and 11am

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Devotions

Inspiring “love” themed daily devotions for children, youth, and adults are free of charge! Pick up a copy for your household at worship on Sundays or Wednesdays or at the church office Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm.

For Youth & Adults

Henri J.M. Nouwen, one of the most beloved spiritual thinkers of the 20th century, wrote from the heart about the great love of Christ lifted up for us on the cross. In the end Lent & Holy Week are not about death but about life, not about punishment but about love. Excerpts from Nouwen’s inspiring insights are paired with original reflections and prayers in this booklet for each day of Lent, as we come to experience more fully the everlasting compassion of God shown to us in our Savior. This devotion daily reminds us of God’s triumphant love for us and the whole world.

For Children & Families

“For God so loved…” the Bible tells us. For God so loved, God sent us Jesus, a living, loving, dying, rising example of this great love for us. In the end Lent & Holy Week are not about death but about life, not about punishment but about love. Each daily prayerful devotion in this booklet for children and their families highlights God’s great love that’s been given to us in the person of Jesus and shown to us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is a love that we, as Jesus followers, are called to share to all the world through our words and actions during the season of Lent and throughout our lives. This devotion combined with a mobile to make and display reminds us of God’s triumphant love for us and the whole world.

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