The Christian Year at Howarth United Methodist Church:
We have completed the Season after the Epiphany, which ended on Transfiguration Sunday, (February 15, 2015), recalling Christ’s transfiguration on the mountain with Elijah and Moses.
The Season of Lent:
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday, (February 18, 2015), and ends on Holy Saturday, (April 4, 2015).
The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.
Ash Wednesday begins the season where we have an invitation to be honest with God, with ourselves, and with one another. Ash Wednesday provides us with an opening to the possibility of transformation. So the question is “Where will it take us?”
(Ash Wednesday Services will be at 7 p.m. at Paint Creek UMC).
Good Friday, (April 3, 2015), is the day our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified. So welcome as we gather this day, this Good Friday, because one day the King of kings came to die that He might offer us life now, and for all eternity. That’s why we call it Good Friday. (Good Friday Service will be at noon at Howarth UMC).
Lent is a time of reflection on the meaning of our lives in the light of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. He died for us. What have we done for Him? This Lent, instead of “giving up” a Milky Way bar, let’s “take on” a ministry of love, kindness, service and forgiveness. Ash Wednesday gives us a unique opportunity for bringing our lives into alignment with God’s purpose for us.
We gather and remember what and who we are on Ash Wednesday. And while we gather to remember who we are, more importantly we gather to remember who God is, and what God has done for us in and through Jesus Christ. *The imposition of Ashes is a powerful way of participating in the call to repentance of our sins and reconciliation with Jesus Christ.
Perhaps this year we can go beyond trivialities as we recognize that God’s desire for each of us is to come into a deeper relationship with Him as we journey through Lent to the promise of Easter’s life.
The Easter Season, also known as the Great Fifty Days, begins at sunset Easter Eve, (April 4, 2015), and continues through the Day of Pentecost. (May 24, 2015).
The day of Pentecost is when the Church received the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
It is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year as it focuses on Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
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