The Season of Lent
Lent is the 40-day long Christian season of preparation encompassing the days beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter Sunday. (Sundays during this time are not counted in the 40 days.) Lent is a time to look inward and journey towards a deeper relationship with Christ. Often this means that over the 40 days of Lent we examine our faith lives and ask -Is there anything I need to give up to grow closer to God? Are there any practices like prayer, fasting, service, reading or meditation, I can take up to grow in my faith? Lent leads to Easter, the day we celebrate that though our bodies are temporary and our lives are flawed, a day of resurrection will come when we will live in the presence of God forever.
March 6, 12:10 & 6pm, services in Lane Chapel, then 12:45 lunch in Noel Cafe
Receiving the imposition of ashes is a powerful way to confront our humanity and mortality, reminding us that we are not God, but God’s good creation. We recognize that our bodies will not last forever; we come face-to-face with the reality of our eventual death. Ashes also signify our sorrow for our sins. In the service of ashes, we confront our sin and recognize our inability to live up to all God has created us to be and our need to be forgiven.
Lenten Sermon Series-Essential Practices of Jesus
Sundays, March 10-April 14, 9am, Sanctuary & 11am, Worship Center.
Join Pastor Dick Humphries as we look at five practices of Jesus (Praise, Forgiveness, Relinquishment, Lamenting, and Listening Prayer), exploring how we need to practice each of these in order to form good spiritual disciplines and habits. Our motto: Practice makes progress.
order easter lilies
Easter Lilies may be ordered in honor or memory of loved ones. Lilies are $15 each; forms are around the Church or purchase online below. Order by: Monday, April 8, at noon.
Giving to the Food Pantry for the Lenten Season!
In addition to our Purple Bag Ministry, you are invited to pray and gather one can of food during the 40 days of Lent to donate to Noel’s Food Pantry.
April 14, 9am, Sanctuary and 11am Worship Center
Palm Sunday, commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion. Palm branches are a part of worship on Palm Sunday. The Bible tells us people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus' path and waved them in the air.
Palm Sunday palm parade and easter egg hunt
April 14, 9am, Sanctuary and 11am Worship Center, 10am Easter Egg Hunt
Palm Sunday is a big day in the life of Noel. All children, infants—5th grade, are invited to participate in the annual Palm Parade during our worship services. All children and their families are invited to an Easter Egg hunt at 10am.
Pictures will be taken on Palm Sunday morning in front of our Living Cross outside of Lane Chapel.
Thursday, april 18, 6pm, chapel
Maundy or Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to the joy of Easter morning when we worship our risen Savior, the Maundy Thursday service is solemn, marked by the shadow of Jesus’ betrayal.
Good Friday is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ. As seen in John's gospel, particularly, God was in control. God was not making the best of a bad situation, but was working out God's intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We call it "good" because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter!
Noel is closed on Good Friday, april 19. Please join us on Easter Sunday, April 21, for worship.
Easter Sunday Services
Sunday, April 21, 9am am-Sanctuary and 11am Worship Center
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. We invite you to celebrate this glorious day with Noel.