This guide is provided for anyone seeking a better understanding of the traditions and reflections on faith as experienced through worship and education at Calvary during the season of Lent, which begins Wednesday, February 14 this year.
The season of Lent leads up to the most holy of Christian days, Easter Sunday. Lent mirrors the forty days of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and begins the journey to the cross and the empty tomb. It is a time for intentional introspection and examination, a time to acknowledge our sinfulness and need for God’s grace. It is a time we deepen our faith.
Throughout Lent, and rest of the year, our worship services are rich with tradition and fine musical contributions appropriate to the service. The sermons weave what we learn from the Scriptures into a contemporary message about how the lessons apply to our lives today. You will find the atmosphere to be warm, friendly, relaxed, and graciously welcoming.
We hope you will feel free to join us, ask questions, explore your own faith and experience the loving relationship we have with each other and with God in our community of faith.
February 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is the entry point for Lenten preparation. It is a service rich in ritual and symbolism. Participants on Ash Wednesday come forward for a minister to mark their foreheads with the sign of the cross in ashes. Disciples are reminded of their mortality and, when combined with the sign of the cross, they are also reminded of the hope of the resurrection.
Ashes have a long history in biblical and church traditions. In Scripture ashes or dust symbolize frailty or death (Gen. 18:27), sadness or mourning (Esther 4:3), and repentance (John 3:6). Some traditions also have considered ash a purifying or cleansing agent. All these images are caught up in the church’s use of ashes as a symbol appropriate for Lent.
Student Pastor Ben Fitzgerald-Fye will deliver the sermon Miraculous Dust.
Imagine the miraculous reality that God breathed life into specks of dust, dust, and in doing so offered love to us…specks of dust…our history is one of trial, defiance, and hope all beginning in the dust of our creation.
Rev. David J. Hanna and Rev. Richard Cassel will preside for the imposition of ashes.
Sermon Series: Lost and Loved
February 18 – March 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
The Sundays in Lent are not counted in the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each service will follow our traditional Sunday worship, and Rev. David J. Hanna will deliver a series focused on Lent and what it means to be lost and loved.
Jesus taught in parables to make us think about life and faith. Parables convey central messages, which often hold surprising, always insightful truths. These messages are timeless and remain relevant for us today. In Luke, chapter 15, Jesus paints his portrait of God in three parables. During Lent, we will examine each parable to unravel how we get lost and what it means to be loved.
Christian Education Series in the Spotlight
Sundays, February 18 – March 25 at 9:45 a.m.
Growing as Disciples of Jesus
A special six-part adult education class will seek to help us use the days of Lent to grow in our discipleship as followers of Christ. Some of the areas of discipleship to be considered are growth in faith, hope and love, the practice of forgiveness, the life of holiness and then how we can be Christ’s disciples in contemporary secular society and doing it all alive in the joy-filled Holy Spirit of Christ. The class will use the Scriptures and the book, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Rev. Richard Cassel will facilitate the class.
To get the most out of the class, we suggest you pick up a copy of the book in the Chalice room, review the class schedule and read the suggested chapters and Scriptures prior to the class. Download the class schedule here.
All regular Christian Education classes and child care will continue to be provided for children and adults alike. You can view the schedule here.
Wednesdays in Lent
Evening Prayer and Communion
Perspectives on the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
These peaceful services are a time to gather together for prayer, music and Holy Communion. During the service, two members of Calvary share brief reflections about what the cross means to them.
For a complete listing of participants in each service, download 2018 Perspectives on the Cross.
Our final walk through Lent begins with Palm Sunday on March, 25 followed by services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the final celebration that the tomb is empty and God lives with us today on Easter Sunday.
Throughout the season we will provide more information on this website and through email about the upcoming sermons and Scriptures we will be exploring in worship.
To receive the email, sign up by using the form on this website. We send it each Friday and occasionally at times when a timely announcement needs to be made.
We look forward to welcoming all to join us and may you find comfort in knowing the peace of Christ and love of God are with you.