Lent and Easter
A gathering of features and other resources centered on the Lenten season. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, that precede Easter.
by Cameron Kempson
February 10, 2008: As a deaconess candidate, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner in theology and the ways of The United Methodist Church. In fact, I just recently completed the Old Testament and New Testament courses this winter and walked away from that experience understanding why people refer to the Bible as "the living word." While so many accounts in Scripture are of people and places from long ago, doesn't each of us find our own connection to those stories and use them to guide our lives today?
by Pat Hoerth
At Turtle Rock Farm we are committed to learning from and being healed by God's good creation. As we enter a period of the church year when we dedicate ourselves to fasting-and-prayer, we find it imperative to notice what's happening in creation.
February 15, 2008: Every year, Christian congregations across the nation purchase palmfronds to celebrate Palm Sunday which commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Once a year during Lent you and your congregation can join other United Methodists worldwide by making a special offering to support humanitarian aid from UMCOR.
January 15, 2008: Explore the rich diversity of hymnody and song born out of the African American experience. Beams of Heaven and Steal Away to Jesus are treasures to share with your congregation.
April 5, 2007:After reading these passages, the verse that captured my attention was from Psalm 118: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! (Psalm 118:1)
April 5, 2007: Good Friday commemorates history’s most famous public execution. It is a day of deception, death, and destruction. On this day we take solace from the words of Psalm 22 as some believe Jesus did while dying on the cross. In spite of our repulsion at this cruel method of torture and death, we cling to the cross.
April 1, 2007 - Palm Sunday: It had been a hard week for Jesus and the disciples. Jesus had done his best to make his closest disciples understand what was about to occur as they journeyed together to Jerusalem. Again he rebuked the Pharisees, who continued to think that "keeping the law" was so important.
March 30, 2007: When I was a little girl back in the early 50's, I really didn't know much about the season of Lent. However, I did know about Good Friday. We had the day off from school, and Dad didn't have to go to work. When Mom woke us up, there weren't any of the normal morning smells of coffee brewing or breakfast being prepared about the house. Instead, Dad was gathering his yard tools and Mom was getting groceries, bedding, and clothing together. We were preparing to go to our church, which was approximately 12 miles from where we lived.
March 27, 2007: As I reflect on my life, I ask how I got to this point. It is clear to me that business is no longer the same as usual. I am a born-again Christian who has been on this faith journey since October 1996 after a divorce and a miscarriage. I knew I could not continue on the same path that I was on. There was no peace in my life and I desired to have peace.