Lent 2019

To everything, there is a season.

Lent is a season of the church year in which we have an opportunity to practice our faith with more intentionality. Throughout the centuries, this has been done in many ways. Lent has been used as a season of discipleship and learning in preparation for baptism, an opportunity for repentance and penance, and as a time of walking with Christ throughout his final and most difficult days. 

This year, we’re going to consider how all these different ways of thinking about Lent can help guide our faith in the different “seasons” of our life. At Maxwell Street, we’re hoping to be cultivating a growing church – that is a church that is made up of disciples who are growing in their faith and the ways that they practice it. No matter what season of life you find yourself in at this point, there are ways that you can enrich your faith and life. Each Sunday of Lent, we’ll be exploring some of these themes and practices. The season starts with Ash Wednesday and will conclude with our Easter Services on April 21st.

 

Worship During Lent

March 10 – The First Sunday in Lent – Planting,  Matt Falco Preaching

March 17 – The Second Sunday in Lent – Weeding, Matt Falco Preaching

March 24 – The Third Sunday of Lent – Seeking and Finding God in the Psalms

Our Chancel Choir and Instrumentalists will lead us in a service of special music composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Palestrina, and others.

March 31 – The Fourth Sunday of Lent – Harvesting, Rachel VanKirk Mathews Preaching

April 7 – The Fifth Sunday of Lent – Laying Fallow, Matt Falco Preaching

April 14 – Palm Sunday – Rachel VanKirk Mathews and Matt Falco Preaching


An Act A Day: Lenten Activities Calendar

We have wonderful Lenten Activities calendars available for you to pick up at the church (or you can view it below) that encourage you to take simple steps to practice your faith. Every day there is a new opportunity to try some way of living the ways Jesus taught. Help a neighbor, care for God’s creation, pause to pray… 


Easter Egg Hunt Palm Sunday, April 14

All are invited to Palm Sunday Brunch in Fellowship Hall after worship on April 14th. Following brunch, children of Maxwell (pre-K-5th grade) will get to “hunt” for Easter eggs that have been stuffed and hidden by our own MSPC youth.  What a great way to celebrate the gift of new life and the joys of springtime! Let’s worship together, enjoy brunch and hunt for eggs!


MISSION DURING LENT

Weekly Mission Offerings in Lent

We come to worship each Sunday to connect with God and one another. It’s also an opportunity to connect with our neighborhood friends. There are simple products that people need week in and week out, and our Mission Coordinator Shelli Gregory is able to help with those needs, unless her cupboard runs bare. You can simply place the suggested items in the drop-off containers in the Lobby outside the church office. If you miss a Sunday or get too rushed to pick up any items, you can always place a check in the offering plate and designate it for Lent Offering.

March 10 deodorant

March 17 toothpaste

March 24 laundry & dish detergent

March 31 feminine hygiene products

April 7 tissues (toilet, facial, paper towels)

April 14 your monetary offering for One Great Hour of Sharing


One Great Hour of Sharing

Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, The Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People — all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

I’d like to invite you to visit the OGHS website (www.presbyterianmission.org/oghs) to find out more information on how your gift helps people all over the world, and offer prayers for the people and projects who receive this support.

While we trust our OGHS programs to respond to the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors, those programs can only do so to the extent of our generosity. I challenge each of you to give strong consideration to increasing your gift to the offering — you’ll see how giving opens your heart to God’s work in your own life. So I hope that you’ll join us on Palm Sunday, April 14th, and that you’ll join Christians all across the country in opening their hearts to witness tangibly to the abundant love of God through One Great Hour of Sharing.


Holy Week

 

Holy Week Noon Services

Each year we hold Holy Week Noon Services with First Presbyterian and Second Presbyterian. This year’s services will be held at Second Presbyterian. Worship begins at Noon in their Sanctuary. A light lunch is served in their Fellowship Hall at 12:30.


Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.

The name is taken from the first words sung at the ceremony of the washing of the feet, “I give you a new commandment” (John 13:34); also from the commandment of Christ that we should imitate his loving humility in the washing of the feet (John 13:14-17). The term mandatum (maundy), therefore, was applied to the rite of the footwashing on this day.

Though on this night we remember and celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the context of Passover, we are neither celebrating a Seder (“order of service”), nor reenacting the Last Supper, but sharing with our risen Lord a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.

The term “last supper” suggests that it was only one of many meals shared by Jesus and his disciples, and not the meal. The Eucharist is rooted not only in the Last Supper but also in Jesus’ eating with sinners, and in his feeding the crowd with the loaves and fishes, and it foreshadows the meals after his resurrection. All together they constitute the multiple meanings of the Lord’s Supper.

As we did on Ash Wednesday, we’ll begin this evening with a simple soup supper in the fellowship hall at 5:45 followed by worship at 6:30 in the sanctuary.


Prayer Vigil

Our Annual Prayer Vigil begins at 7:00pm at the Maundy Thursday Service and continues through the night and next day with people who have signed up for 30-minute to one hour blocks of time. If you would like to participate by signing up for a block of time, please let Matt Falco know (255-1074 or matt@maxpres.org).


Good Friday Ecumenical Stations of the Cross Service