Lent + Easter + Pentecost

Ashes to Fire: Ash Wednesday to Pentecost

2017

What do Presbyterians believe?  

The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ. The first step of this journey calls us to acknowledge and confront our mortality, individually and corporately. In many traditions, this is symbolized through the imposition of ashes — placing a cross on one’s forehead. During the imposition of ashes the words: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19) are repeated again and again. We are to remember that we are but temporary creatures, always on the edge of death. On Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten trek through the desert toward Easter.

Ashes on the forehead is a sign of our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. Lent is not a matter of being good, and wearing ashes is not to show off one’s faith. The ashes are a reminder to us and our communities of our finite creatureliness. The ashes we wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die.

Trusting in the “accomplished fact” of Christ’s resurrection, however, we listen for the Word of God in the time-honored stories of the church’s Lenten journey. We follow Jesus into the wilderness, resist temptation, fast, and proceed “on the way” to Jerusalem and the cross. Our Lenten journey is one of metanoia (“turning around”), of changing directions from self-serving toward the self-giving way of the cross.  

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship  Peter C. Bower ed. (Geneva Press, 2003, 109-110)

You are invited to join us for this special time of reflection, joy and renewal in this very special season of the church’s year.

Ash Wednesday – March 1 at 7:00 pm:  We begin the season with reflection, ashes and communion.

In this service we begin by burning the Palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration, remembering that those who waved the palm branches, shouting jubilation for Jesus as Savior, were the same ones to shout “crucify him!” just a week later.  Deep within ourselves we know our failures and in this service we recognize them while at the same time we are reminded that through Jesus Christ we are forgiven and renewed!

“Ashes”
We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes, to create ourselves a-new.
If all our world is ashes, then must our lives be true,
An offering of ashes, an offering to You.

We offer You our failures, we offer You attempts,
The gifts not fully given, the dreams not fully dreamt.
Give our stumblings direction, give our visions wider view,
An offering of ashes, an offering to You.

Then rise again from ashes, let healing come to pain,
Though spring has turned to winter, and sunshine turned to rain.
The rain we’ll use for growing, and create the world anew
From an offering of ashes, an offering to You.

Thanks be to the Father, who made us like himself.
Thanks be to the Son, who saved us by His death.
Thanks be to the Spirit, who creates the world anew.
From an offering of ashes, an offering to You.

Lenten Studies

  “Women of the Bible”  – Monday Nights  

The Monday night study takes place at the Manse (the Pastor’s home).  The study begins on Monday, March 6, but feel free to join at any time.  For more information contact us at sashabawpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com or call 248-673-3469.

Sundays in Lent:  Special growth opportunities in Lent

Sunday, March 5 Praying Our Faith an event for all ages.  Discover the “Protestant Rosary”

 

Red-on-White

 We invite you to join us in 40 acts of generosity (kindness) each day during the season of Lent.
To learn more or to sign up for daily devotion and “random acts” suggestions email us at sashabawpresbyterianchurch@gmail.com

 

Holy Week

Passion and Palms Saturday – April 8 6:00 pm

The Prayer and Mediation Room and Sanctuary will be open for Prayer – Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Holy Week Services:

Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13 each night at 7:30 pm – Taize Prayer Service

Combined Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil  6:00 pm

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Easter Sunday:  April 16 worship at 11:00 am

Pentecost Sunday:  June 4 worship at 11:00 am

 

 

 

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