Lent Services and Events
April 5 | Palm Sunday Service SERMON
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Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. Create your own palm frond to display outside your home./span>
April 9 | Maundy Thursday Service WATCH
Maundy Thursday occurs during Holy Week and remembers when Jesus Christ instituted the Eucharist during the Last Supper, an event that is told in the Christian bible. Look out for a special video devotional from Pastor Charley in your e-mail, Facebook, and on the website.
April 10 | Good Friday Service WATCH
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Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ's Passion, crucifixion, and death. All paraments and decorations are covered during this service.
April 12 | Easter Sunday WATCH
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The tomb is empty! NOTE: We will not be placing flowers in the Easter Cross on today, but will instead use the cross later to celebrate our first Sunday back together in person. Please use this time to make your own Easter Cross with your family, and still take that photo together in your Easter best! Share it on the JCUMC Facebook page.
We invite all adults to join one of our Sunday School classes for a special 6-7 week Lent study beginning Sunday, March 10 at 9:45 am.
Whether you are a new member, a long-time member, or a visitor, we would love for you to come up to the 2nd floor of the Education Building, grab a cup of coffee in the Holy Grounds, and participate in a time of study and fellowship. Check out these offerings and see if one interests you. You don't have to sign up; just show up.
If you have questions about either a specific Sunday School class or Lent study, please contact Pastor Lori Osborn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Why do we celebrate Easter?
What is Lent?
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is also a time of self-examination and reflection where focus on our relationship with God
Some choose to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. Learn More
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
During an Ash Wednesday Service, the sign of the cross is smudged on another’s forehead. Ashes were an ancient symbol of our humanity. In Genesis, God forms human beings out of the dust of the earth. Receiving the imposition of ashes is a powerful way to confront our humanity and mortality. They remind us that we are not God, but God’s good creation. Learn More
What is Palm Sunday?
This is the Sunday before Easter Sunday which commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus, including the crucifixion. Learn More
What is Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
On his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). Learn More
Why do we have a Good Friday service?
A Good Friday, or Tenebrae, Service usually consists of gradually diminishing light throughout the service to symbolize the events of that week, from Palm Sunday to Jesus' burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God.
Worshipers often leave in silence to ponder the impact of Jesus' death. Tenebrae in Latin means "darkness." Learn More
Easter is 50 Days Long?
The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. This extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church, gifts of the Spirit , and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ. Learn More