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Lent & Easter 2020

The Cross of Christ

St. Paul wrote, "I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." Martin Luther said, "The cross is the test of everything."

Why did Christ die and why does it matter? What does the cross mean to us and to our world? In a day that rightly recoils from brutality and abuse, how can we look to the cross and yet how can we know God without it? As we join Jesus in a 40-day journey towards Good Friday and Easter, we will wrestle with the mystery of the cross, its horror and its beauty, and find ourselves at the heart of the Good News.

Wednesday Evening Events during Lent

Come experience a deeper connection every Wednesday evening as we reflect on the Cross of Christ through worship, meditation, Stations of the Cross, and a talk by guest speaker, Esau McCaulley. Come as you are, as a small group, family, or formissional community.

Wednesday, February 26: Ash Wednesday, 7:30pm, Sanctuary

A service of repentance and reflection as we begin the journey toward Easter.

Wednesday, March 4: Seeing God's Face, 7–8:20pm, Sanctuary

An opportunity to reflect on God's sacrifice for us through Lenten meditation, prayer, and worship.

Wednesday, March 11: You Do It To Me, 7–8:20pm, Sanctuary

Join us for Stations of the Cross — a guided worship experience and personal reflection time.

Wednesday, March 18: We are Set Free: A Lecture on Race and Justice, 7–8:20pm, Sanctuary

Esau McCaulley, Assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College & Director of The Next Generation Initiative for the Anglican Church in North America — an initiative committed to raising up and training the next generation of clergy and leadership.

Wednesday, March 25: We are Empowered: Experiencing Jesus, 7–8:20pm, Sanctuary

A contemplative service of music, scripture, silence and prayer (in the style of Taize).

Wednesday, April 1: A Stake in the Heart of Evil, Stations of the Crosswalk

An online guide will enable you, your small group, or formissional community to engage in a self-guided, at home meditation and prayer in your neighborhood.

NEIGHBORHOOD STATIONS GUIDE

 

Holy Week

WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER, APRIL 8, 7AM, CALVIN

Join Ken Sunoo & the Multicultural Worship Team as they lead us in a service of worship and prayer.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 7:30PM, SANCTUARY

A communion service commemorating the Last Supper that Jesus had with his disciples. Children are invited to worship with their families.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 7:30PM, SANCTUARY

A reflective service remembering Jesus' death on the Cross. Special music by the Cathedral Choir. Children are invited to worship with their families.

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Sanctuary (Traditional):  8:30am, 10am, 11:30am

Larson Hall (Contemporary): 9am, 10:30am

Children's programming for infants-kindergarteners is offered on the 2nd and 3rd floors at 8:30, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30am services. *not available at 11:30am

Elementary kids are invited to worship in the services with their families. Kid's bulletins will be available. Knox Family Room, located at the back of the Narthex (lobby), is also open for families with young children.

Live stream and radio are also available.

 

Lent Small Groups & Facilitator Resources

During the six weeks of Lent (February 26–April 12, 2020), UPC small groups are committed to gathering for the Lenten study on a weekly basis. We engage with questions and personal discussions that relate directly to the sermon from Sunday's corporate worship experience. If you would like to join a small group this year, please click the button below to search for a group online.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact Sue, x152. 

JOIN A SMALL GROUP

WEEKLY STUDY GUIDE

Sunday, March 1: Seeing God’s Face – I Corinthians 2:1-5

Sunday, March 8: You do it to Me –  Psalm 51

Sunday, March 15: A Gift for the Ungodly –  Galatians 3:1-14

Sunday, March 22: The Way of Life – Mark 8:31-38

Sunday, March 29: A Stake in the Heart of Evil – Luke 22:39-46

Sunday, April 5: The Rainbow of New Creation – Colossians 1:15-23

Sunday, April 12: Licensed to Chill –  Luke 22:21-34

Download the Study Guide

 

Lenten Devotional Guide: A 40-day Devotional Guide for your personal study

A limited number of hard copies will be available from the UPC Welcome Kiosk. Note that the guide may also be printed directly from the website.  

Download Devotional Guide


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

“The Crucifixion” by Fleming Rutledge

“The Cross of Christ” by John Stott