A Lenten Invitation at Point Washington united methodist church

“Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.”

Taken from:  http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-lent-and-why-does-it-last-forty-days

Sunday Worship

As we prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits for the coming of Easter, Rev. Amy invites you to join together as a congregation in prayer, worship, and study.

During the season of Lent, beginning Sunday, February 18, Rev. Amy and Rev. Karla will begin a sermon series called The Days of the Week. The sermons will focus on the days of the last week of Jesus’ life as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.

We will be using two other books as resources for the sermons for Lent. We hope you will get a copy of either of these books if you wish to know more.  The books are:  The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and‎ John Dominic Crossan and Mark (N. T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guides) by N. T. Wright.

The Days of the Week

Sunday, February 18           Sunday                   Mark 11:1-11

Sunday, February 25           Monday                  Mark 11:12-19

Sunday, March 4                 Tuesday                  Mark 11:20-13:37

Sunday, March 11               Wednesday             Mark 14:1-11

Sunday, March 18               Thursday                 Mark 14:12-72

Sunday, March 25                Friday                      Mark 15

Sunday, April 1                     Sunday                    Mark 16

Thursday Worship, Prayer & Lunch   

On Thursdays beginning February 22 through March 22 at 12noon, we will host a brief prayer and worship service in our sanctuary, followed by lunch in the Stephen Center.  Hosts and hostesses have signed up to offer a light lunch for those who wish to stay after our worship. Donations will be accepted to help offset the cost to our hostesses and hosts.

What can you expect at our Thursday worship?  We will be singing together.  We will offer prayers – both spoken and unspoken.  We will invite one another into a space of deeper listening to the Scripture for the following Sunday’s sermon, through an ancient Christian practice known as lectio divina. Lectio divina literally means “divine reading” and invites one into a listening of Scripture that is reflective and meditative in nature. Our worship and prayer will not include a sermon; instead we will be spending more time quietly listening for God’s still small voice to speak within our hearts.

Listening to the Gospel of Mark

So often, we forget that the Gospel of Mark was probably intended to be read aloud he spoken rather than to be read in private; this is, of course, the case with many texts written in the ancient world, given the high rates of illiteracy in Mark’s context.  As well, too many of us read bits and pieces of the Bible and don’t take the time to read through a particular book to capture its meaning as a whole. In this season of Lent, Rev. Amy invites you to join together as a congregation in listening to the Gospel of Mark as it is read aloud and dramatized. You may choose one or both of the following options: