Ash Wednesday starts the journey through Lent. The ashes mark us as people forgiven and who are called to forgive, inviting us to return to God and one another.
Lenten worship on Sundays will embark on a series of conversations about the end of life. We will ask tough questions. How does a church community in the midst of violence respond to death? What does it mean to be prepared to die? Is there a difference between immortality and resurrection? How do you speak to children about death? How do you respond to those who claim there is only one way to salvation? Scripture will open comforting words to us: “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time and forever more.” “Our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” Lenten worship schedule:
- Ash Wednesday, March 6, services at noon and 6:30 open the season of Lent. David Shinn preaches at noon, Tim Hart-Andersen at 6:30. The choir sings the evening service in Westminster Hall.
- Sunday mornings (March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7) will once again feature interfaith dialogue sermons—rich conversations about the end of life—from the perspectives of a Presbyterian pastor, Hindu priest, former Catholic priest, Muslim imam, and Jewish rabbi.
- Centering Prayer takes place at 11:30 am on Wednesdays during Lent.
- Wednesday noon worship in the Chapel will offer the opportunity for Westminster lay leaders to reflect upon a chosen Psalm. Beautiful music, Psalm singing, and prayer fill out the services. A soup lunch follows each week.
- Wednesday evenings at 6:30 we will gather in Westminster Hall to worship in the style of Taizé, hearing scriptures and singing prayers in candlelit community.
- Gathered at Five on Sunday evenings will share in the theme of the morning, but drawing on the perspective of the Lenten devotionals with reflections from members, and communion each week.
- Palm Sunday, April 14, worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am
- Worship on Maundy Thursday April 18 at noon, and gather for Come to the Table, dinner and worship. We will eat (starting at 5:30 pm) and worship (starting at 6:30 pm) around dinner tables in Westminster Hall.
- Good Friday, April 19, ecumenical worship at noon.
- Holy Saturday, April 20 9 am Quiet Worship; 8 pm Easter Vigil
- Easter, Sunday, April 21 7 am jazz service; 9 & 11 am Festival worship
- Also, plan to pick up a Lenten devotional for this year, written by staff and members.