Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Services

As we return to gathered worship on Sunday, March 6th, we invite you to grow spiritually and journey with us through Lent as we explore our theme for 2022: Full to the Brim: An Expansive Lent. More details will be added as they become available. Note that masks will continued to be required for worshippers and distancing practiced (at least initially), but these requirements may be loosened as the number of new COVID infections continues to subside rapidly.

Facemasks are now optional for worshippers, though we will continue to observe social distancing protocols and emphatically ask everyone to worship remotely if you do not feel well or have reason to quarantine.

All of our worship services will continue to be livestreamed here on our website and on our Facebook page.

As Lent Begins – Ash Wednesday – March 2, 2022

The Deacons decided in early February against holding an Ash Wednesday service this year due to too many uncertainties around the COVID situation. However, Pastor Hope Molozaiy will be leading an Ash Wednesday Service live from the Community Church of Richmond at 7pm on this evening and CPC members have been invited to join if they wish. Here is the link to their worship service.

As you prepare for your Lenten journey, you may find this tool for reflection and assessment helpful.

A digital version of our Lenten Devotional is available here for those who wish to view it online. Paper copies will be mailed to all homes that regularly receive paper copies of The Beacon. Others will be printed by request only in order to conserve resources. Click here to request your copy, or phone the office.

Sundays in Lent @ 9:30am

9:30 AM – Sunday Worship – Join us in-person or livestream online as we journey toward Jerusalem and explore what it means to observe “an expansive Lent.”

Wednesdays in Lent (March 9 – April 6)

7:00 PM – Adult Study online via Zoom (TED)Talking about Grace (live link)

Join us for an exploration of Grace from both biblical and contemporary, concrete examples lived out and presented through a series of TED Talks. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, they have been around as a forum for presenting ideas and stories that have remarkable potential for changing how we live and think. You can check some out yourself by visiting ted.com or searching ‘TED Talk’ on YouTube or Google.

Each Wednesday night during Lent we’ll gather on Zoom at 7pm to explore grace in scripture and then view a particular TED Talk together. Afterward, we will reconvene to discuss how we saw grace at work, identify what barriers had to be overcome, and what we might garner from their example for our growth as Christian disciples.

Maundy Thursday – April 14, 2022 – 7:30pm @ CPC

Our friends at Ivanhoe join us at Community Protestant for a simple service of song, scripture, reflection, and Communion. Those present will be guided to reflect on the readings with a series of prayerful questions and the service will conclude as we are invited to Christ’s table. All are invited to attend a time of fellowship and light refreshments after the service.

Good Friday – April 15, 2022 – 7:30pm @ Ivanhoe Congregational UCC

We will gather at Ivanhoe and the foot of the Cross as the shadows lengthen during this Tenebrae service. At this time, we do not expect this service to be livestreamed, however it may be available afterward on Ivanhoe’s streaming website here.

Easter Sunday – April 17, 2022 – 9:30am

Mary Magdalene, Joana, Mary the mother of James, and the other women go to the tomb with spices to tend to Jesus’ body. When they find the tomb empty and are stunned by the presence and words of the men in dazzling clothing, they remember. They remember what Jesus had said, which compels them to go out and tell the story. Even in utter shock, they return to their deepest knowing and allow themselves to receive the expansiveness of resurrection. Their imaginations and hearts expand, and they must take action in response. Many of the disciples won’t open themselves to this expansiveness and reject it. Peter is curious enough to return to the tomb, and as a result, he is filled with amazement and awe. How do we carry forth what we have learned this Lent? Can we be curious enough to return and remember? Can we allow ourselves to be filled with expansive hope? Can we trust in the expansive promise of new life, and carry that promise with us wherever we go?

All are welcome to join us Easter Sunday, April 17th, at 9:30am (in-person or via livestream) as we worship and celebrate Christ’s glorious resurrection and are fed at his Table.