Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith
The stories of Lent are stories of Jesus encountering people who are seeking: Nicodemus, a Samaritan woman, a man born blind. Each person is seeking a new beginning, a different life, a deeper faith. What unfolds is an exchange filled with questions and exploration. Often, an unveiling occurs – assumptions are disrupted, a new perspective is revealed, mystery grows.
Like these characters we are seeking many things: clarity, connection, wonder, balance, love. We are seeking our calling, the sacred, and how to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Perhaps, we too are asking big questions about our lives and faith.
This Lent, you are invited to be a seeker. To come curious, open, and nimble. To ask hard questions and expand your perspective. You will find a safe place to wonder and explore, to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God.
This Lent will be a full Lent, we know that you will not be able to participate in everything, but we hope you will choose to participate in something, whether communally or individually. We hope you will find a place to seek as we journey through Lent together.
April 9 at 10:30 am
Thankfully the events of Holy Week were not the end. Join us for Easter worship on Sunday, April 9 at 10:30am as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Nursery will be available beginning at 10:15am.
Good Friday remembers Jesus’ death on the cross.
Worship – Join us for worship at noon on Friday, April 7 at First Presbyterian Church as we hear again the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial.
Stations of the Cross – The sanctuary will be open on Friday, April 7 from 6:00-8:00pm for a self-guided journey to the cross. Come when you would like and stay for as long as you would like. A guide to the prayer stations will be available.
April 6th at 7 pm
Maundy Thursday remembers that the night before his death, Jesus gathered in an upper room with his closest friends to wash their feet and share a meal. Join us for worship on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00pm, which will include Communion.
Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
We will gather each week around the upcoming sermon text. Whether you come once, or every week, this is a great chance to pause and study God’s word together. No preparation required. Lent focused scriptures will begin on Tuesday, February 21. Facilitated by Kimmy Briggs
Lent in E Minor
Wednesdays at 7 pm
Lent is a season for examining ourselves and our lives in light of the hardships of faith and the world. Join us for a study of Ecclesiastes, a book about hard-won life lessons, and what we can learn about having a “Lenten faith" through contemporary folk (or folk-adjacent) songs, the ultimate "music of experience." Classes will meet Wednesdays at 7 pm for six weeks, beginning March 1. There is no book to purchase or homework. All are welcome whenever you can make it! Facilitated by Will Briggs
Bless the Lent We Actually Have
Thursdays at 10 am
So often we spend our lives just waiting for the next thing. Perhaps it is because our daily lives don’t seem all that spiritual. We get annoyed. We hold onto anger. Our bodies hurt. We get jealous. Maybe we even feel hopeless. So, we wait, thinking that whatever is ahead will be better. But what if instead of waiting, we blessed the moment we are in?
Based on Kate Bowler’s soon to be released book of blessings, Bless the Lives We Actually Have, this study will explore what happens when we stop waiting. Because we believe that no matter what kind of Lent we are having – a lovely one, a garbage one, a forgotten one –Jesus meets us exactly where we are. This study is a chance to stop waiting, to bless the moment we are in, trusting that Jesus is there with us.
This seven-week study will begin Thursday, February 23. There will be no homework in between classes, and you are free to come as you are able. Facilitated by Kimmy Briggs.
Whether you’re looking to supplement in-person, corporate, practices during Lent, or wanting to mark the season of Lent on your own, we offer the following guides to aid your Lenten season, with options ranging from 25 minutes per day to just a couple minutes per day.
40 Days in the Gospels
Lent offers a perfect opportunity to read the stories of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. This reading plan will take you through all four Gospels during season of Lent. To stay caught up, you’ll need 20-25 minutes/day. There are no assigned readings for Sundays, which provides a perfect chance to catch up.
Praying the Psalms
The Psalms are often called the prayerbook of the Bible, and so they provide a simple way to journey through Lent. This plan offers a single psalm for each day of Lent, including Sundays, requiring no more than 10 minutes/day. Throughout this season, you’ll encounter various types of psalms, which will enrich your life of prayer.
Breath prayers are an ancient form of prayer where you simply choose a line to meditate on, repeating a short phrase as you inhale and a short phrase as you exhale. This plan provides a different breath prayer for each week of Lent, which can be prayed throughout each day as it comes to your mind, or you can set aside a couple minutes per day to focus on prayer.
April 2, following worship
All are welcome to join us on Sunday, April 2 following worship for lunch, egg decorating, crafts, games, and an Easter egg hunt! Activities will be available from 11:30-2:00pm; lunch will be served until 12:15pm, and the Easter egg hunt will be at 1:00pm.