The word ‘Lent’ comes from a Germanic word meaning ‘long’, descriptive of the season when dark nights grow shorter, days grow brighter and longer, and indications of new life become increasingly apparent.
Followers of Jesus have annually set aside Lent as a season of preparation for Easter. Beginning in the 4th Century the Church has engaged the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday as a time of both sober reflection and heightened awareness of God’s presence revealed in the person and story of Jesus.
Lent is a season we create space to encounter God. We do this by giving up or taking up: giving up what can distract us to create space for us to hear and respond to God; taking up practices that ground us, realign us, and increase our attention to God’s voice. Our prayer is together as a community, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, we will be more intentional in creating space and encountering the ground of all being, the source of life, God our Father.
You hate nothing that You have made, and You forgive the sins of all who are truly penitent: Create in us new hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wickedness, may obtain of You, God of all mercy, perfect pardon and forgiveness.
You alone bring order to the unruly wills and affections of sinners: may we love what You command, and desire what You promise, so that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is to be found.
Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep Your ways: grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day, we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks; through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.
You made this day for the works of the light, and this night for the refreshment of our minds and bodies: keep us now in Christ; grant us a peaceful evening, and a night free from sin, and bring us at last to eternal life; through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wednesday, March 6, 7AM, NOON, 7PM at Acoma -OR- 7PM at Chinese Evangelical Christian Church
We come together to sing, pray, and receive the ashes. We remember our mortality on Ash Wednesday as we ask God to “teach us to number our days”. Ash Wednesday services are 30 minutes. Childcare is not provided.
good FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE
Friday, April 19, 6PM & 7:15PM at Acoma
We gather in remembrance of the crucifixion and death of Jesus for a Tenebrae service. It is one hour that leads us through readings, reflection, prayer, song, darkness and silence. Childcare is not provided.
Sunday, April 21, 10AM
Our Easter Sunday service we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of moving from death to life.
Sunday, April 21, 11:30AM
We celebrate Easter by hosting a community celebration sharing good food and good drinks together. We will provide Moe's BBQ, sides, and drinks. Please bring a dessert to share.