A 40-Day Journey to Easter
Lent* is a 40-day season when we revisit, retell, and re-enter the story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, leading to his suffering and death. Lent is a time to reflect on our own lives, remember the life of Jesus, and repent of those things in our lives that do not look like Jesus. During the forty days of Lent we are intentional about identifying with the sufferings of Jesus in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Lent includes a voluntary giving up of certain things and/or fasting. There are a number of important days in the season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent. We have a Noon worship service at FBC on Ash Wednesday where we sing, pray, repent, and have ashes applied to our forehead as a sign of humility and repentance.
Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter where we remember Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem before his death. We join the crowds on that day in celebrating that the king has come, but we also weep with Jesus knowing his death is coming soon.
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter where remember what Jesus was doing before his crucifixion.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week where we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. At this meal Jesus gives us the sacrament of holy communion. It is also during this meal that Jesus give us the mandate (which is why we call it “maundy”) to love one another.
Good Friday is the Friday of Holy Week where we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. It is at the cross where we most clearly see the co-suffering, self-giving love of God.
Holy Saturday is the Saturday of Holy Week where we remember the death of Jesus. He died a real human death and lay life-less in the tomb all day on Saturday.
*Acknowledgments to Word of Life Church for this overview of Lent