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WAITING THROUGH LENT
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those whowatch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
Lent is an uneasy time, a time of yearning and wait-ing -- yearning to walk in the dawn of the“lengthening days” from which the season takes itsname; and waiting to be hope-struck once more at thesight of that discarded grave cloth. The Christians of the Iona Community in Ireland capture the essence of the season in their prayer:
O God, so much of faith is waiting – like a pregnant woman waiting in hope,like a people under siege,holding out till relief comes,like the soul lost in the darkness;unable to see even a glimmer of light yet stumbling through the night because somewhereout ahead, day will surely break. Lord, be with us in our waiting. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
As the prayer implies, our waiting is preparation.These days are (literally) pregnant with possibility.At FHPC we’re fashioning experiences to lend shapeand substance to this holy time. Come, and wait withus!
Sundays throughout Lent
, 9 & 11:15am
Wegather in worship to
recall the ancient Exodus pas-sage of God’s people as we search the texts for guid-ance for our contemporary Lenten journey.
Wednesday Evening Vespers,
, 6:30pm: Candlelight, prayer and sacred songprepare us as we gather for a meal at Christ’s table.Pastor Bill will bring a brief message each evening
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focused on different aspects of John 3:16. Dinnerand fellowship precedes the service from 6-6:30 inour Fellowship Center.
, March 24
, 9 & 11:15am:We follow our children joyfully waving palmbranches as we take our places amongst the throngscheering the Messiah’s triumphal entrance into Je-rusalem – on the back of a donkey!
, March 28
, 7pm: As adramatic reenactment unfolds before us, we partici-pate in that final Passover meal, transformed by thelove of Christ into the Lord’s Supper. The fatefulevents of the evening leave us departing a shad-owed sanctuary and a chancel draped in black.
, March 29
, Noon-2:30pm:Ancient music and dim lights draw us into a timeof private reflection in our sanctuary. Self-guidedbulletins help us find our place in the crowds gath-ering at the foot of the Cross.
The Great Vigil of Easter
, Saturday, March30
, 7pm: The world changes before our eyes! Aworship journey begun in Good Friday darknessand despair is transformed -- beginning with but asingle candle -- into Resurrection light and hope.
Our first Easter celebration has begun!
Easter - The Day of Resurrection
, 9 & 11:15am:
Christ the Lord is risen today!!
We sing our alleluias as we share our joy in wor-ship. Join us for our traditional Easter Brunch inthe Fellowship Center between services.May the Lord, be with us in our waiting andgive us certitude in the breaking day.Grace and Peace,