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.

 

ash wednesday - services & lunch

Receiving the imposition of ashes is a powerful way to confront our humanity and mortality.  They remind us that we are not God, but God’s good creation. In them we recognize that our bodies will not last forever and come face-to-face with the reality of our eventual death. Ashes also signify our sorrow for our sins.  When we participate in the service of ashes, we confront our sin.  We recognize our inability to live up to all God has created us to be and our need to be forgiven.  

wednesday, february 14, 12:10 & 6pm, services in lane chapel, 12:45 lunch in noel cafe

 

Lenten Sermon Series

sundays, february 18-april 1, 8:30am, lane chapel, 10:30am, worship center and sanctuary

This Lent we are invited to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking in Jesus’ way of grace.  Noel’s sermon series during this season is based on the book, “A Way Other Than our Own” by Walter Brueggeman.  You may order a copy for $12, through the church office.

 

palm sunday

sunday, march 25, 8:30 lane chapel, 10:30am, worship center & sanctuary

Palm Sunday, the Sunday immediately preceding Easter 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 & Easter Egg hunt, Sunday,  All children, infants—5th grade, are invited to participate in the annual Palm  Parade during our 10:30am, worship services.  Following worship, these same children and their families are invited to stay and participate in an Easter egg hunt and hot dog lunch.

 

Maundy Thursday 

Thursday, march 29, 6pm, Sanctuary

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 

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, March 30.  Please join us on Easter Sunday, April 1, for worship.


Easter Sunday Services

Sunday, April 16, 8:30am-Lane Chapel, 10:30am-Sanctuary & 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.