THE PARABLES OF LENT
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.
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. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which this year is February 18. Our Ash Wednesday service will be at 7:00 p.m., in the sanctuary.
This service will launch our Lenten series, “The Parables of Lent”. Plan to start Lent well by coming to worship on Ash Wednesday.
Communion and the imposition of ashes will be offered.
March 29 - Palm Sunday - 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
April 2 - Maundy Thursday - At 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
April 3 - Good Friday - 7:00 p.m. service in the Sanctuary
April 5 - EASTER - 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.
AUDIO FILES- Listen to our currently available sermon audio files - here.
A daily Lenten Devotional guide will be available this year for our Lenten journey. “The Parables of Lent” speak to us of core components of the sacred Lenten season as we reflect on Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection for us. Author Dean Nadasdy takes us through some of the most well-known and beloved parables of Scripture and relates the events described there to the events of Lent we experience, helping us to apply the divine messages of these stories to the story of our life in Christ.
Also available will be a uniquely designed Lenten “coin” featuring the cross encircled by a crown of thorns. On the back are the words from Isaiah 53:5, “By his stripes we are healed.” On our journey through Lent, this can serve as a daily hands-on reminder of the love and sacrifice of Christ and what that means for us.
LENTEN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES -
People often think of Lent as a time to “give up” something in their lives. It’s traditionally a time for sacrifices and withdrawal from something pleasurable. Another way to look at this time would be to “take on” something new and different. Clear some space in your schedule and pursue something you intentionally make time for. Here are a few suggestions where you can be intentional with the learning curve of life.
Breathing Room: Your breathing room is the space between your current pace and your limits. Are you over extended? Does your “To Do” calendar keep you in a constant state of stress? Or maybe it’s your finances. Ex-Squeeze yourself for 90 minutes and allow some time to breath and reevaluate your life. Class starts on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:30p.m. and will last for 4 weeks. This is a video series by Andy Stanley, discussion led by Betsy Williams.
Stepping Up: This class will help men define courage throughout the five stages of manhood and will commission men to honestly evaluate where they stand in their duties as men. Do you have a vision or a purpose for your life? Or maybe you are looking to refine the plan you do have. Either way why not join Lee Saunders for breakfast, fellowship and stimulating conversation starting February 21 at 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. This class will last 6 weeks and you are asked to come hungry.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey thru the Afterlife Author Dr. Eben Alexander III will speak on March 11 and March 12 as a guest of the Montgomery Woman’s Club, Town Hall Lecture Series. His story, as told in his book, is one of being in a coma and coming back to consciousness. His memories of what happened while being in that coma offer a fantastic story of being in another realm. Attend, see what he has to say, and draw your own conclusions. He will be speaking Wednesday (11th) and Thursday (12th) mornings at 11 a.m. at The Montgomery Assembly of God, 7950 Pfeiffer Road. The Wednesday evening (11th) lecture is at 8:00 at Sycamore Jr. High in the auditorium. (5757 Cooper Road, Montgomery) Each lecture is the same. Tickets are $45 at the door.
Understanding Genesis: The conflicts that many Christians have with understanding Genesis in light of what modern Science has revealed about our creation can be very confusing. Which one is right? Can you be a Christian and doubt some of the claims people make about Genesis? During Lent, Gene Wagner will discuss these amazing early stories, and help us to see what they say about God and his creation. The class will be held in Room 5 at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Bring your Bibles and come join us.
Online Discussion of the Sermon Parables: The weekly parables, as highlighted each week in the sermon, will be discussed through a Facebook group. More information can be found on the Trinity Facebook page.