On March 1 Christians around the world begin the season of Lent. Lent is the season 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays which are feast days) where believers repent of those things that are separating us from living in the fullness of God’s abiding presence and rededicate ourselves to doing those things that bring us closer to God. Mirroring the 40 days Jesus was in the desert tempted to sin, we model Jesus’ life through focusing on Godly living informed by scripture, prayer and worship.
Here are some communal ways we are observing Lent:
On Wednesday March 1 at 7 p.m. Eastminster will mark the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Service. This service will unite both our Saturday and Sunday worshipping community as we repent of sin and as those who desire
a cross on our foreheads to remember, “From dust we come and to dust we
return.” It is a beautiful service of
music and art which hopefully humbles us and focuses us on the road ahead, a
road of introspection, fasting, service and prayer.
On Wednesday March 15 at 5:45 p.m. Eastminster will start a four Wednesday series of “Soup, Salad and Study of Luke.” Our Congregational Care Committee will provide the Soup and Salad. There will be a brief period of music and singing. Then, I will lead a study “Unlocking the Wisdom of Luke” which will give added understanding to the “Ready … Set … Go!” series we are currently engaging in worship.
On Sunday March 19 for five weeks our worship schedule will change slightly for Lent and Easter to allow more opportunity for spiritual growth. The Lent Schedule for March 19, 26, April 2 and 9 will be:
9:00 a.m. Lenten Music and Meditation
9:45 a.m. Fellowship
10:30 a.m. Lenten Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship
The addition of the Music and Meditation time on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. will bring some of the best music and spiritual practices to our church as we prepare our hearts to live as renewed Christians. This time of worship will foster inward reflection through music meant to quiet the heart and mind, thereby preparing the soul for prayer and reflection. Children’s and Adult Christian Education will continue on their regular schedule and Fellowship will be offered after each worship event.
On Good Friday April 14 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a presentation of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ by the Eastminster and the Florida Institute of Technology Choir and String Orchestra. This will be a worship highlight of the year. Plan to arrive early and be blessed!
On April 16 we will celebrate Easter at 6:30 a.m. (Sunrise), 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship. May these events and your personal lives of devotion and service prepare us all to mature as a Christian Community focused on Jesus Christ as “Led by the Holy Spirit Eastminster glorifies Christ by loving God and others in worship, word and deed.”