Lent & Holy Week
The forty days of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021.Throughout the season, worship is simplified to allow us to contemplate our faith. Due to COVID-19, the traditional Bread and Soup Suppers are not being held in 2021. Our hope is that the fellowship time will return in 2022.
We gather for worship on Ash Wednesday at 7:00 PM. It is a traditional service with a twist for the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion on February 17th.
Holy Week at FLC
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 28. It is a week-long observance of our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem.Worship with Holy Communion are 11:00 AM.
• Journey to the Cross
We gather on Sundays at 11:00 AM to worship with Holy Communion. The season begins with a clear destination in mind. Jesus sets his face toward Jerusalem and, in doing so, sets his course toward his own suffering and death. He pauses only to remind his followers to set their faces in the right direction—to repent, serve others, and follow him, even to death. As we journey toward Holy Week, we are reminded again and again to turn around and face Jerusalem
• Midweek Lenten Services
During Lent, we gather on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM for the “Tree of Life in Lent” worship. Many world religions use the image of the tree of life when depicting their central beliefs and values. For Christians, that tree of life is the cross. This service focuses on the biblical use of the tree of life. Each week a biblical passage and a hymn cast some light on the cross of Christ as our tree of life.
Maundy Thursday Service, April 1, features Holy Communion and stripping of the Altar. We gather at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary for worship as the Holy Triduum* begins.
The service continues on Good Friday, April 2 at 7:00 PM. This day we remember Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Good Friday is called 'good' not because Jesus died, but because of what we experience of grace, forgiveness, joy, peace and love, as a result of that death.
Easter Prayer Vigil, April 3 is done from the comfort of your own home. It is a time to pray, read scripture, and reflect on the true meaning of Easter. Watch for signups at the church.
Easter Sunday, April 4, at 11:00 AM, we celebrate this day of days with Holy Communion and are filled with hope as we share the Good News that Christ is risen.
*The Holy Triduum is from the evening of Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
“Triduum” is Latin and means “three days.” These days are reckoned from sundown to sundown. Day one is Thursday sundown to Friday sundown. Day two is Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. Day three is Saturday sundown to Sunday sundown. Because we tend to think of days beginning at midnight, it can seem confusing as the Holy Triduum begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday (making it feel like four days).