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the lenten season

Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. During this time, 1st UMC will host special services in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. Scroll through the list below for more information on what's happening at 1st during this special time. 

  • Lenten Noonday Worship Services

    February 21st and 28th

    March 7th, 14th, and 21st

    12:00 pm in the Sanctuary (upper level)

    This year, the focus for our Noonday Lenten Worship series will be on themes in a piano book, Near the Cross, arranged by Terry Wilson, the Director of Music here at 1st UMC. This book will be published in March.

    Using selections from that book, we will explore the messages found in this sacred music with several area musicians leading worship and bringing the message.

    Following worship, a light meal will be served in Wesley Hall.  


    February 21stChris Lee (Director of Contemporary Worship at 1st UMC)

    February 28thAlan Eleazer (Broadway UMC)

    March 7th -  Rev. Barbara Clark

    March 14th - Rev. Sarah Varnell

    March 21st - Rev. Mike Stallings


  • Cross Words: The Words that Lead Us to the Cross

    Lenten Sermon Series Leading to Easter

    February 18th - Arise

    February 25th -Wash

    March 4th -  Deny

    March 11th - Truth

    March 18th - Condemn

    March 25th - Passion

  • Children's Palm Sunday Celebration

    Sunday, March 4th

    9:15 am in Wesley Hall (upper level)

    We are setting aside a special time on Palm Sunday for children to celebrate the season. Bring your children to Wesley Hall at 9:15 for an hour of crafting fun, food, fellowship and story time.



Holy Week


  • Palm Sunday

    March 25th

    Traditional Worship at 8:15 am and 10:30 am

    Contemporary Worship at 10:30 am

  • Noonday Worship

    Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th

    Noon in the Sanctuary (upper level)

    Lunch follows in Wesley Hall (upper level)

    Speakers list coming soon ....

  • Maundy Thursday Worship

    March 29th at 7:00 pm

    Sanctuary (upper level)

    On Maundy Thursday evening, we focus on the new commandment Jesus gives us to ‘love one another.’ The story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet is read and we share in ‘the Last Supper’ remembering these last moments before the trial and crucifixion.

  • Good Friday Worship

    March 30th at 7:00 pm

    Sanctuary (upper level)

    On Friday evening, we move from the intimate and private setting with the disciples to the very public and humiliating display of ‘justice’ before corrupt power. The story of the crucifixion is read and worshipers leave in darkness. It is a reminder of the hopelessness and finality that was surely sensed among our Lord’s followers. We return early on Easter morning at the sunrise service (7:00 am) to shout the Good News that Death and Hate and Fear are defeated!



SPECIAL MUSIC FOR

THE LENTEN SEASON

During the season of Lent, you will be hearing selections from a soon to be published book of piano music arranged by Terry Wilson, the director of music here at 1st UMC.  


The book is called "Near the Cross." Selected songs from the book will be used on Sunday mornings and themes from the book will be the focus of the Noonday Worship Services.


February 18th - Gracious Spirit Heed Our Pleading

Original Compser: Wilson Niwaglia, a Lutheran Parish pastor in Tanzania and Germany. This hymn was originally written for the uniting of the Lutheran churches in Tanzania ... Calling on the Holy Spirit. 


February 25th - I Want Jesus to Walk With Me

An African-American spiritual that focuses on a plea for Jesus to walk with us. There is certainly an element of security that His answer is "YES!" 

Noonday Worship Music Introduction


March 4th - Here On Jesus I Will Stand

This hymn surely represents a Kenyan adaptation of the gospel hymn we love, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

The texts affirm our hope is in Christ's redeeming work. 


March 11th - God Loved the World, A Grateful Heart

Found on page 299 in the United Methodist Hymnal, this tune has long associations in Great Britan and North America. The text is by Issac Watts, the father of English hymnody. 


March 18th - Calvary, Every Time I Think About Jesus

This is an African-American spiritual.  In this case I have chose to incorporate an additional spiritual: "They crucified my Lord they never said a mumblin' word."


March 25th - Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

This text is by the famous hymn writer Fanny Cosby who wrote more than 8,00 hymn texts.  It is found in 586 hymnals.  Refrain echoes the Apostle Paul, "But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14







Lenten studies


  • The Great Spiritual Migration

    Wednesdays at 10:00 am

    Starting February 14th in room 205

    You might think that the Christian faith might be shrinking, but that's not the opinion of Brian D. McLaren, the author of "The Great Spiritual Migration." Using his book come learn about what McClaren calls "a once-in-an-era spiritual shift" and what that could mean for you and the planet.


    Books cost $10. Get them before the class begins from Rev. Sarah Slack or pick them up on your first day.



  • Waking Up White

    Led by Rev. Catherine Nance

    Wednesdays at 4:30 pm beginning February 14th

    or Sundays at 7:00 pm beginning February 18th

    Using the book "Waking Up White" by Debbie Irving, come explore what it means when we say "I'm not prejudiced" as well as deeper issues regarding race. Classes will meet for five weeks.