THE SEASON OF Lent,
Holy Week & Easter

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here’s what’s happening during
LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER:

(Scroll down for a list of events and worship services.)

Full to the Brim – An expansive Lent

Our Lenten theme this year is Full to the Brim – An expansive Lent.  Our sermons, devotional and other ministries will reflect this theme with resources and art developed by A Sanctified Art.  The scriptures for the Lenten season are filled with parables and promises of God’s abundant and expansive grace.  Jesus as mother hen, a prodigal son welcomed home, a fig tree nurtured with care and hope, precious oil poured out lovingly and freely, stones shouting out with praise – these sacred texts are brimming with a gospel of grace.  We’ve done nothing to deserve or earn this grace, and yet, like water, it spills over.  Full to the Brim is an invitation to be authentically who you are, to counter scarcity and injustice at every turn, to pour out even more grace wherever it is needed.  It disrupts the scarcity mentality that capitalism, oppression, or hierarchy can plant inside of us.  When we allow ourselves to be filled to the brim with God’s lavish love, that love spills over.  It reaches beyond ourselves; like water, it rushes and flows, touching everything in its path.

We recognize that traditional iterations of Lent often emphasize restraint, confession, and piety.  The origins of Lent were that one was to leave their old life behind to fast and prepare to be baptized into a new way of living.  In essence, this was a practice of stepping away from the rat race, corrupt power, scarcity mentality, and empty rituals in order to live more expansive and full life of faith.  And so, Full to the Brim trusts the promise of our baptisms – God has already claimed us as God’s own and nothing we can do will ever change or erase that. 

Full to the Brim doesn’t ignore or deny sin and suffering.  It doesn’t absolve accountability for wrongdoing.  Instead it contextualizes our faith.  If love is our beginning, how can we live our lives led by love’s promises?  It reminds us to live fully – as we pursue justice and hope, or express grief and gratitude.  And so, this Lent, let us trust – fully – that we belong to God.  Let us increase our capacity to receive and give grace.  Let us discover the expansive life God dreams for us.  (Contributed by A Sanctified Art, sanctifiedart.org)

Lenten Devotional booklet 2022:

The origins of Lent were that one was to leave their old life behind to fast and prepare to be baptized into a new way of living.  In essence, this was a practice of stepping away from corrupt power, scarcity mentality, and empty rituals in order to live a more expansive and full life of faith.  And so our Lenten theme, Full to the Brim, is an invitation—into a radically different Lent, into a full life.  It’s an invitation to be authentically who you are, to counter scarcity and injustice at every turn, to pour out even more grace wherever it is needed.  When we allow ourselves to be filled to the brim with God’s lavish love, that love spills over.  It reaches beyond ourselves; like water, it rushes and flows, touching everything in its path.

The Lenten devotional is a gift we give each other, a reading for each day of Lent.  The daily readings are written by members of our congregation, Sunday school students, members of Sanctified Art, and other friends of the church. Some images and writings are used with permission of Sanctified Art.

In addition to the daily readings we have included scripture passages, specifically Psalms, for the Sundays during lent.  These are passages that the Lenten Connection small groups will be using for the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. 

Blessings to every reader on your Lenten Journey.

Thanks to all contributors, Katherine Willis Pershey, Beth Tracy and Stephanie King Myers for making it possible to bring this devotional to you. The Christian Ventures Committee


Maundy Thursday Worship &
Labyrinth Walk: April 14
8pm in the Sanctuary

Worship will be in person and live-streamed.

On Maundy Thursday, we remember the night before Jesus was betrayed, when he shared the Last Supper with his disciples and gave them a New Commandment, to love one another. The Labyrinth Walk will follow the Maundy Thursday service.

If you are not joining us in person, please gather communion elements for the live-streamed service available on YouTube.


Good Friday: April 15
10am in the Sanctuary

Worshippers will gather in the Sanctuary to be guided through a meaningful journey to the Cross and beyond. Care will be taken to ensure that this service is worshipful for all ages, acknowledging that the story of Christ’s crucifixion is difficult and sensitive for younger children.

Childcare will be provided for young children. This worship service will be in-person only. 


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Stations of the Cross & Labyrinth Walk: April 15
5pm in Plymouth Hall

A custom of our Christian tradition is to keep vigil with Christ throughout Holy Week. Walking and praying through the stations of the cross, accompanying Jesus on his final walk through Jerusalem, known as Via Dolorosa — the way of sorrow.

A Labyrinth Walk will immediately follow the Stations of the Cross.


Holy Saturday: April 16, 9 – 11:30AM
Restorative Yoga, Healing Prayer
Plymouth Hall

$20 suggested donation

The last couple of years have been painful — even traumatic — and we need time and space set apart for healing. Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey will partner with gifted restorative yoga instructor Kathleen O’Donnell to offer a unique Holy Saturday experience: Restorative Yoga, Healing Prayer. 

Participants will have time to reflect through the practices of labyrinth and journaling, engage in an all-levels accessible restorative (yin) yoga practice, and be led in a time of prayer and blessing. All of this will happen in the context of a safe and loving community of faith. 

The event will take place in Plymouth Hall on Saturday, April 16th from 9–11:30AM. A donation of $20 to the Faith & Flow Yoga Fund is suggested, but is not required for attendance. 


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Easter Sunday
April 17, 2022
7:30am, 9am and 10:30am
In the Sanctuary

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the good news that Christ is Risen. On the highest of holy days in the Christian year, we remember the Resurrection in story and song, glorify God with special music, and cover the cross with colorful flowers. 

Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey is preaching at the 7:30AM Easter service and Rev. Dr Kirchherr will preach at the 9AM and 10:30AM services.


2nd Sunday of Easter Pageant
April 24, 2022
During the 9 & 10:30am services

Join us this second Sunday of Easter as we share a pageant about Doubting Thomas and are reminded to trust and have faith in God. Everyone is invited to worship together.

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Virtual Lectio Divina

We are pleased to share Marv Baldwin’s virtual Lectio Divina practice with you. Marv is a long-time member of our church and is founder of Soul Journeys. If you weren’t able to join one of the Lectio Divina groups, this is still a way for you to engage in this spiritual practice throughout Lent. Thanks, Marv! 

LENTEN SCRIPTURES FOR FAMILY TIME

Create a special time for your family — maybe every day — where you all can share a simple spiritual practice. Use a corner of your family room and place a candle on a table. Invite your family and God to be together. This can be such a gift to you and your family. 

Light the candle, take a few deep breaths and say a prayer (Help, Thanks, Wow), read scripture (download Lenten Scriptures below) or the First Congo devotional. Share where you saw or noticed God today. Tell each other, “God loves ___!” Create this new time at the dinner table or before bed. Even if just for a few minutes. Most importantly, be quiet and listen for God to speak to you. God is always present and with us.


LENTEN STORIES with MISS HOPE

Families can listen anytime to Lenten Stories with Miss Hope on our podcast channel. Storytime is part of the Children’s Ministries Lenten experiences for our children.


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