Reveille UMC

Lent, Holy Week, & Easter Sunday

Saturday, March 24 

Community Easter Celebration 

10:30 am  |  Reveille Grounds
Everyone is invited to a festive Easter egg hunt on Reveille's grounds with a petting zoo, bounce house, live music, and more! We need your help to make this a great event! 

Sign up to bring snacks: www.bit.ly/easter-celebration-snacks
Sign up to help during the event: www.bit.ly/easter-celebration-rumc

March 25   Palm Sunday
8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 am
"Hosanna!"  Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Preacher: Doug Forrester, Lead Pastor
The Elementary Ringers will offer worship music at 11:00 am and accompany the annual Palm Processional. 
Special Event: UMW Bake Sale, 9:00 am-noon
Purchase some sweet Easter treats to benefit Reveille's United Methodist Women's mission projects.
Sign up to work the table: www.bit.ly/umw-bake-sale-helper 
Sign up to bring baked goods:  www.bit.ly/umw-bake-sale-baker   

March 29  Holy Thursday  |  7:00 pm  |  Sanctuary
Preacher: Kelley Lane, Minister of Adult Ministries
The service will include Holy Communion and the stripping of the sanctuary with the CrossPoint ensemble leading music. Join us for dinner before the worship service at 5:30 pm, in the fellowship hall. Child care is available during the service. Dinner reservations

March 30  Good Friday  |  7:00 pm  |  Sanctuary
A Tenebrae service with the Chancel Choir leading worship music. Child care is available during the service.

April 1, 2018      Easter Sunday

Preacher at all Services: Lead Pastor Doug Forrester
"Holy Fools"  Scripture: John 20:1-18
Holy Communion at all services

6:30 am Sunrise Service in front of Reveille (weather permitting)
In case of inclement weather the service will be held in the chapel
Please note: Child care will not be offered during the Sunrise Service.

8:15 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble

9:30 am Contemporary Service in the Fellowship Hall
Music: Crosspoint

11:00 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary
Music: Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble
Child care is available during the 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00 am worship services.

Sermon Series: Covenant 
Sundays during Lent, February 18-March 25

February 18 | “A Global Guarantee”
Genesis 9:8-17

February 25 | “Promises We Can’t Keep”
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

March 4 | “Jesus' Body”
John 2:13-22

March 11 | “Unbreakable”
Ephesians 2:1-10

March 18 | “The New Covenant”
Jeremiah 31:31-34

March 25 | “Hosanna!”
Mark 11:1-11
Palm Sunday

Lenten Opportunities
Tuesdays | Breakfast and Blessing | 7:15 am | Ellwood Thompson's
Every Tuesday during Lent, we invite you to renew your spirit as you connect with others. Join our clergy for coffee, breakfast, conversation, and morning prayer at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N. Thompson Street, Tuesdays, February 20-March 27, at 7:15 am. 

Connect with our Staff on Facebook
Visit our Facebook page for inspirational messages from our staff weekdays during Lent, February 19-March 30.

Get Daily Inspiration During Lent
Sign up to receive a daily email through April 1 reflecting upon the season of Lent and our sermon series, “Covenant.” Sign up  Please note, if you signed up for the daily Advent email you will automatically receive this email too.

Friends of the Homeless

Reveille UMC partners with Friends of the Homeless to serve a hot midday meal and provide bagged lunches each month. Help with the midday meal on March 22. Join in the fun of lunch packing in the welcome center at 10:30 am on March 25. More information

Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter, otherwise known as CARITAS, was formed to meet the needs of area homeless and the lack of temporary housing. Reveille will host the CARITAS men's group, April 7-14. Reveille provides meals and overnight lodging. Helpers are needed to greet guests, serve meals, and stay overnight. More information

Rebuilding Together
Make a commitment to serve by helping senior and disabled homeowners and join the Reveille team for National Rebuilding Day, a one-day home repair blitz on Saturday, April 28. More information

Swansboro Community Ministries
There are many ways to serve with our partners in Richmond's Swansboro neighborhood. Musical Mondays offers opportunities for those with musical ability as well as anyone interested in helping students with arts, crafts, and homework at Koinonia Christian Church. On Read Across America Day, Friday, March 2, you can read to a class at Swansboro Elementary School. More information about these opportunities and many others
Visit the church calendar for more opportunities during Lent.


About the Season of Lent

Lent is a season of forty days, not including Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at Easter vigil. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance by all Christians. Because Sundays are always "little Easters," the penitential spirit of Lent should be tempered with joyful expectation of the resurrection.
The Great Three Days, or Pasch, from Holy Thursday through Holy Saturday are the climax of Lent and the whole Christian year, and serve as a bridge into the Easter season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. During these days, the community journeys with Jesus to the cross. They should be seen as a great unified service beginning with a service of Holy Communion on Holy Thursday and concluding with a vigil welcoming Easter morning. Somber colors such as purple or ash gray are used for paraments, stoles, and banners. On Good Friday and Holy Saturday the church may be stripped bare of any visuals.
Some Lenten worship services and activities at Reveille include:
Ash Wednesday—This service on the first day of Lent includes the traditional imposition of ashes, as a sign of our own mortality and our confession sin before God within the community of faith.
Holy Week
Palm Sunday—Though celebrated during the normal Sunday morning worship, this is a special day of singing and celebration of loyalty to Jesus, embodying the sharp contrasts of Holy Week.
Holy Thursday—On this night, Christians commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet and instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion. The ancient practice of stripping the table and sanctuary following communion demonstrates the desolation and abandonment Jesus experienced.
Good Friday—The traditional Tenebrae service is an extended meditation on the passion of Christ.