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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Louis, Missouri
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Lent 2020
February 26 – Ash Wednesday Service in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
April 9 – Maundy Thursday Service in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
April 9 – Maundy Thursday Overnight Vigil in the Chapel Begins at 9:00 p.m.
April 10 – Good Friday Service in the Chapel at Noon

 

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Commit to the Lenten Journey
Lent is a period of 40 days, excluding Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending the day before Easter. These 40 days are symbolic of Jesus’s 40 days in the wilderness. It is a season of devotion and reflection as Christians commemorate Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem toward his trial and crucifixion. It is a time of preparation for Easter as we anticipate God’s witness in Jesus’s resurrection that death is not the last word in life. Rooted in the Latin, “to lengthen,” Lent marks the lengthening of daylight as winter gives way to the new life of spring.

Below are opportunities for you to engage in the full experience of this holy season.

 

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday Worship Service in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
On Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten season together in this simple service of scripture, ashes and communion. We offer ashes as a symbol of repentance, of turning our lives around to rid ourselves of anything that keeps us from following Jesus, from God’s love and grace, and from one another. We share in the Lord’s Supper which is a symbol of our communion with Christ and each other.

Can’t come to the evening worship service? Stop by church for a prayerful moment and receive the mark of ashes from Pastor Sarah from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

 

Lenten Spiritual Practice Stations
Throughout the season of Lent, the Chapel will be the site of three spiritual practice stations. These will be utilized during the 8:15 service each Sunday, but all are welcome to find a quiet moment or two on Sundays or during weekday office hours to come by the Chapel to take a few moments to pray, read scripture, or discover other creative ways to respond to the biblical passages of the Lenten season. These stations are appropriate for both adults and children.

 

Lenten Renewal Series – “Sabbath as Resistance”
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
In this series, author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Sabbath as Resistance offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.

 

Holy Week
Sunday, April 5 – Palm Sunday
Worship in the Chapel with Palms at 8:15 a.m.
Worship in the Sanctuary with a Palm Processional at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 9 – Maundy Thursday
Worship in the Chapel with Sacrament of Communion at 7:00 p.m.
Overnight Prayer Vigil in the Chapel from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday

Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
Worship at 12:00 noon in the Chapel

Sunday, April 12 – Easter Sunday
Worship in the Chapel with Sacrament of Communion at 8:15 a.m.
Worship in the Sanctuary with Sacrament of Communion at 10:30 a.m.
Flowering of the Cross and Easter Egg Hunt following the 10:30 Service