Lent 2018

What is Lent and how does it lead to Easter?

Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14, 2018) and ends at sundown on Holy Saturday, March 31, the evening before Easter.

During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.

from:  http://www.umc.org/topics/topic-lent-and-easter

At Snow Hill UMC we will begin our preparation on Ash Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for worship and an impostion of the ashes.  The ashes used are the burned Palm Branches from the 2017 Palm Sunday Service.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During our Ash Wednesday service, the pastor will lightly rub the sign of the cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins.

It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to produce ashes for this service. The ash cross on the forehead is an outward sign of our sorrow and repentance for sins.

— Adapted from The United Methodist Book of Worship

Lent and Easter Quiz from the United Methodist Church

Worship Opportunities at Snow Hill

Ash Wednesday      Wednesday, February 14, 2018      Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Hill Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday  Thursday, March 29, 2018              Service at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Hill Sanctuary

Good Friday              Friday, March 30, 2018                  No Service at Snow Hill – will provide links to other churches                                                                                                      in the area with Good Friday Services

Easter                         Sunday, April 1, 2018                      Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m.  SHUMC Cemetery – Combined                                                                                                       service with Delta UMC

Easter Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Easter Worship at 10:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Wednesday Evenings, 6:15 – 7:25  in the Fellowship Hall.  Beginning February 21 – Forgiveness

Karen Ring will facilitate a study on Forgiveness during Lent this year.  While we often talk of forgiving others, it is also important that we make an effort to forgive ourselves.

Family Weekly Devotional

Lenten Daily Devotionals

40 Days with Wesley

Give Up Something Bad for Lent

Daily Thoughts for the Lenten Journey

Other Lenten Devotionals available from Cokesbury