The 6 weeks leading up to Easter are historically known as Lent. This is a season where we intensify our focus on Jesus' sacrifice for us. There are many opportunities to take a positive step on your spiritual journey this season. Check out a Small Group, additional worship times, and 21 days of prayer.
We begin the journey to Easter with an invitation to turn from our bad habits and turn to Jesus on a day called 'Ash Wednesday.'
Here at First Church we practice the ancient tradition of placing the symbol of the cross on our foreheads with ash in a worship gathering. This year Ash Wednesday Worship will be February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Be A Blessing!
What Jesus gives to you is never just for you…never! You will never know the fullness of God’s blessings until you share God’s blessings on you with other people.
In Acts 20:35 we hear; “It is more blessed to give then to receive.”
The true value of God’s favor on me is not measured by how much I have received but by how much of God’s blessing I share with another person. Even then, the blessing we share with someone may continue to impact lives two or three or four generations from now.
Jesus is prepared to use you to bless another person. In the next seven weeks, we will learn
how to be a blessing. We will also experience being a blessing. Invite a friend who needs to experience receiving and giving God’s blessing to join us for this seven-week series.
The week leading up to Easter Sunday we walk with Jesus and revisit His final moments before his death and resurrection. Join us for our additional worship services this week.
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The Sunday before Easter we celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We have a Palm Parade where our children wave palm branches and sing. We are invited to reflect on why Jesus came into our world.
Palm Sunday is Sunday, April 5 and we will worship at our regular times - Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 & 10:30.
The word 'Maundy' is derived from the Latin word for 'command.' The command refers to the instructions Jesus gave at the Last Supper - That we should love and serve one another, remember Jesus always, and go make disciples. We remember Jesus and His example of humility.
Two very important things happened at the Last Supper. First, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. He took the place of a servant and humbled himself to demonstrate how we are to humble ourselves.
Second, Jesus instituted Holy Communion or the Eucharist. It is also known as The Lord’s Supper; a time where we remember how Christ sacrificed Himself to pay the cost for sin.
Observing the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday is a powerful reminder of how we are to live the Christian life (Philippians 2:1-11).
On Maundy Thursday, April 9, we will gather at 7:00 p.m. for worship and Holy Communion.
What's so good about Christ dying? Why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in Germany, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.”
Still, without this day - without Christ's death - there would be no resurrection. There would be no Easter to celebrate. Death would still be something to fear and sin would rule.
Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins. Today we remember that "It is finished." (John 19:30).
This year we will worship at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and have a lite lunch afterward.
The hope of our Christian faith is the empty tomb. Jesus conquered sin, death, and hell itself! Jesus has opened the door for anyone who would believe in Him to have a real relationship with the God of the universe.
Easter Sunday and Holy Saturday worship will take place during each of our regular worship times - Saturday, April 11 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, April 12 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.