Into the Wilderness
Preparing for Lent
Lent is the period preceding Easter when we Christians are challenged to focus on our sinfulness and need for God’s mercy. Mirroring the forty days of Jesus’ time in the wilderness when he was tested, Lent is our wilderness time, too. In Sunday worship, we will explore the idea of what it means to be in wilderness time. Christians use prayer, Bible study, acts of mercy, repentance and Christian conversation to reflect on how they are tested in their faith, how they separate themselves from God and one another. Lent is wilderness time, but there are oases in this wilderness, for it is interrupted by six Sundays. On Sunday we continue to celebrate the resurrection. Lent, then is a time that is marked by solemnity and joy, sin and grace, death and life. It is appropriate then to give up something as well as to add something, to empty oneself to make room for the Holy Spirit as well as to offer forgiveness, to fast from what stands between you and God and to feast on the promise of grace. We invite you to choose a special way to participate in the Season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday Worship Service — Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird preaching
The Imposition of Ashes and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
No Congregational Dinner on Ash Wednesday.
Sunday Worship in Lent
The First Sunday in Lent — Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15 Sermon by The Rev. Mary Marple Thies
The Second Sunday in Lent — Sunday, February 25, 10:00 a.m.
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Mark 9:2-9 Sermon by The Rev. Christopher G. Tate
The Third Sunday in Lent — Sunday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, Cents-ability Collection for Hunger
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-7, John 2:13-22 Guest preacher
The Fourth Sunday in Lent — Sunday, March 11, 10:00 a.m.
Scripture: Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:14-21 Sermon by The Rev. Christopher G. Tate
The Fifth Sunday in Lent — Sunday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34, John 12:20-33 Sermon by The Rev. Mary Marple Thies
Wednesday Lenten Dinners and Bedtime Prayers — 5:30 – 7:00 pm
A program for the whole family: A Lenten Dinner, Fellowship, Stations of the Cross for Children, and Candlelight Worship for the entire Church Family
Featuring the “I Am Sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of John”
First Week of Lent—Jesus says, “I am the Bread of life.” (John 6:35)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with The Rev. Mary Marple Thies preaching
Second Week of Lent—Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 with The Rev. Christopher G. Tate preaching
Third Week of Lent—Jesus says, “I am the Door.” (John 10:9)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 with The Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird preaching
Fourth Week in Lent—Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.” (John 10:11)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 with The Rev. Mary Marple Thies preaching
Fifth Week of Lent—Jesus says, “I am the true vine.” (John 15:1)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 with The Rev. Christopher G. Tate preaching
Stations of the Cross a program for children and youth:
The program will begin on 2/28 and is led by our confirmation class. Come for an interactive trip back in time… see the disciples at the last supper, watch as Judas betrays Jesus for silver coins, see Jesus carry his cross to Golgotha and hammer nails into a large cross, visit the tomb where Jesus lay, and hear Mary talk about the first Easter morning.
Mission and Outreach Opportunity: Food for the NC Food Pantry
First Presbyterian Church collects bags of food to fill the shelves of the New Canaan Food Pantry during the season of Lent. Take home a grocery bag, and bring it back filled with the items on the list. Each week watch as the back of our sanctuary grows in our love for those who need food and assistance right here in New Canaan. We will deliver the bags on Palm Sunday (March 25).
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Palm/Passion Sunday – March 25
9:15 AM Ecumenical Blessing of the Palms at God’s Acre
10:00 AM Worship Service at FPC
The Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird preaching
Palm Sunday–Children’s procession with palms—Immediately following worship, parents are encouraged to bring their kids for the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt which will be held outside (rain or shine) by age group. Please bring a basket for hunting and a camera.
Maundy Thursday – March 29
The Rev. Mary Marple Thies
7:30 PM The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
First Presbyterian Church Choir
Good Friday – March 30
The Rev. Christopher G. Tate
7:30 PM Worship
Easter Sunday – April 1
THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird preaching at both services.
9:00 AM Service with Holy Communion
First Presbyterian Church Choir, Children’s Choirs, Brass Quintet and Organ
11:00 AM Service with Holy Communion
First Presbyterian Church Choir, Schola Cantorum, Brass Quintet and Organ
Easter Sunday–Easter Children’s Chapels—Sunday’s Cool will offer a special Easter Children’s Chapel for both the 9am and 11am services. Please bring your entire family as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The chapel is open to all children who would like to attend. Infant and nursery care is available at both services.
Would you like to see our sanctuary filled with flowers during the joyous weeks of Easter?
Please call the church office, (203) 966-0002, if you would like to contribute.