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, Fasting, and Kindness.
We begin the journey to Easter with an invitation to turn from our bad habits and toward 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 March 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Disruption in what we have always believed as well as the derailment of the things upon which we have always depended have left many of us scrambling to find the source of real hope. We are living in a time of anxiety that is devoid of real hope.
Many are responding to the lack of hope with violence and abuse at home. Others have chosen the path of impatience and intolerance with people they love as well as with people they do not know. Still others have reacted by retreating from community in a self-imposed isolation that is compromising their mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
It is easy to lose focus and then forget. The greatest source of our hope is believing that Jesus was raised from death to life. This one affirmation of faith brings light to the darkness and hope to the despair.
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 10 and we will worship at our regular times - Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 & 10:30. Sunday gatherings will also be live streamed.
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.
Observing the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday is a powerful reminder of how we are to live the Christian life.
On Maundy Thursday, April 14, we will gather at 7:00 p.m. for worship and the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion). This gathering will also be live streamed.
What's so good about Christ dying? Why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar?
Regardless of the origin, the name 'Good Friday' is entirely appropriate. Because of the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, it marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins. Today we remember that "It is finished."
This year we will worship in the sanctuary at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and have a lite lunch afterward. This gathering will be live streamed.
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 16 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday gatherings will also be live streamed.