Lent and Easter at First Pres
“Lent is a kind of pilgrimage or journey. Such a journey calls for simplifying things and for traveling light. It is a time for each of us to ask, “what helps me live my faith, and what gets in the way?” Lent is a good time to begin or to enrich devotional reading and prayer disciplines. Lent is a good time to serve the poor and work for justice. Lent is a good time for a spiritual retreat that includes silences, prayer, reflection, and worship. Lent is a good time to ask, “Is my identity rooted in faith, baptism, and discipleship, or is it rooted in something else? If it’s rooted in something else, what do I need to do about that?” Lent is a time to live into a new way of being, with God’s help. (Stevens and Waschevski, Rhythms of Worship, Westminster John Knox Press, 2014. pp .53-54)
The liturgical season of Lent is a period of preparation for Easter lasting forty days (excluding Sundays) that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. During Lent, First Presbyterian offers a variety of worship, study, and reflective opportunities for the Lenten journey. If you have questions about Lenten Worship services, Covenant Groups, and other studies and gatherings, please contact the Rev. Dr. Michael Waschevski.
LENT PHOTO-A-DAY CHALLENGE
First Pres' Youth Group invites you to participate in a Photo-A-Day Challenge during the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14)! During this Lenten season, you are invited to take or choose a daily photo that conveys the given “word of the day.” Click here for the list of words with dates. To download the image as a wallpaper/lockscreen for your phone, click here. Let the simple words and photos help you to slow down and to focus on Jesus Christ daily. Email your daily pic to Josh Stewart or post it on social media, and tag @fpcfwyouth and @firstpres_fw with the hashtags
#40lentphotos #tabletalkwithjesus #firstpresfortworthyouth
On the calendar, notice that the 40 days of Lent do not count Sundays. You are encouraged to take time on Sundays to rest and reflect on Christ and our Table Talk with Jesus theme by participating in worship, church school, youth group, personal study, and fellowship in order to think together about this important season. Like many disciplines in Lent (and in life), the more you keep at it, the easier it will get to continue this “photo-a-day” challenge!
LENT TAKE-HOME BAGS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Lent Take-Home activity bags are available for all children and their families. You may pick one up at the children’s welcome desk on the second floor. Questions? Contact Ann Nielsen.
MIDDAY PRAYER SERVICES: FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 20
Wednesdays, February 21 through March 20 at 12 p.m. These 30-minute services in the Sanctuary offer reflection on the season with prayer, music, message, and communion.
lenten afternoon concerts: february 21-march 20
Wednesdays, February 21 through March 20 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a 30-minute organ concert by a guest organist immediately Following the Noon Lent services. A light lunch will be served after each concert. The concerts and lunch are free with no reservations required. The guest organist schedule is:
• February 21: Devon Howard of Keene, Texas
• February 28: Mitchell Crawford of Boston, Massachusetts
• March 6: Eugene Lavery of Waco, Texas
• March 13: Jordan Smith of Fort Worth, Texas
• March 20: Zvony Nagy of Dallas, Texas
taizé contemplative services: sunday, march 17
Sunday, March 17 at 6.30 p.m. in the Chapel. These short, contemplative services offer prayer and song in the manner of the the Taizé Community in France.
table talk with jesus: lent covenant groups
During the season of Lent, several pastors and staff will be leading covenant groups using the book Meeting Jesus at the Table by Cynthia M. Campbell and Christine Coy Fohr. Using several gospel readings that represent a range of stories about food and feasting that are centered in the life and teaching of Jesus, our time together will invite us to reflect on what it means to be called to follow Jesus in our own lives individually and as communities of faith. The covenant group experience is an opportunity to journey deeply with these gospel stories, which also shape and form the Lent preaching series on Sundays and Wednesdays - Table Talk with Jesus.
Covenant Groups are offered at the following times and locations:
• Mondays, February 19–March 18 at 12 p.m. (lunch included) on the Penn Street campus
• Tuesdays, February 20–March 19 at 5 p.m. on the Penn Street campus
• Wednesdays, February 21–March 20 at 6 p.m. (dinner included) on the Penn Street campus
COMMUNION 101 FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES: MARCH 17
Communion 101 for children and their families will meet on March 17 from 12:15–2 p.m. We will focus on the meaning of communion, why we come to the table, and that all are welcome. This is open to all children Kindergarten through Fifth Grade and their parents. Lunch is included! Questions? Contact Ann Nielsen.
PALM SUNDAY, march 24
• 8 a.m. in the Chapel
• 9 a.m. in the Great Hall
• 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary or livestream
On Palm Sunday we mark Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the start of his last week on earth.
HOLY WEEK monday-wednesday, march 25-27
12 p.m. Midday Prayer Services in the Chapel. These 30-minute services in the Chapel offer reflection on the last days of Jesus' ministry with prayer, music, and message.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, MARCH 28
• 12 p.m. Worship in the Chapel
• 5:30 p.m. Family Service and Dinner in the Great Hall
• 7 p.m. Worship in the Sanctuary or livestream
Three worship services remembering the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. The 5:30 p.m. service will be an interactive, family-appropriate Holy Week experience with our partner congregation, Mount Moriah. Scripture, songs, communion, and optional foot washing. Family-style dinner included.
GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 29
• 12 p.m. Worship in the Chapel
• 7 p.m. Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary or livestream
Good Friday observes the day of Jesus' suffering and crucifixion on the cross. The 7 p.m. Tenebrae service includes scripture and music, ending in darkness and silence.
EASTER EGG HUNT & BREAKFAST, SATURDAY, MARCH 30
9-10 a.m. Families and kids of all ages are invited to a special breakfast. Egg hunt will follow.
EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31
• 7 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Memorial Garden
Celebrate Easter with the sunrise at this joyful service outdoors in the setting of First Presbyterian's Memorial Garden and Labyrinth. Chairs provided; inclement weather location is the Youth Center.
• 8 a.m. Worship in the Chapel
• 9 a.m. Worship in the Great Hall
• 11 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary or livestream
Celebrate Easter at our regular worship service times.
• Easter Breakfast Buffet
Enjoy a free come-and-go continental breakfast buffet from 8:30-11 a.m. on the 3rd floor concourse (outside the Great Hall).