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.
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
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.
Lenten Daily Devotionals