Lent

Reveille UMC
Courage to Believe Lent and Easter
Lent, Holy Week, & Easter Sunday
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, 
for he who has promised is faithful. - Hebrews 10:23

Lenten Sermon Series: 

“Courage to Believe: When Faith is Difficult”

Sundays at 8:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am
In January, we asked you what you struggle with when it comes to Christianity. During Lent, we will explore your questions, why it is sometimes hard for us to have faith, and how we can persist in hope during these times.

March 10
“God’s Word in a Broken World” | Romans 10:8b-13
Weekly Scripture Guide: GPS

March 17
 “Conformed and Transformed” | Philippians 3:17-4:1

March 24
“Building Endurance” | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Weekly Scripture Guide: GPS

March 31
“Learning to See as God Sees” | 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

April 7
“The Cost of Discipleship” | Philippians 3:4b-14

Palm Sunday April 14
“The God Who Needs” | Luke 19:28-40

March 13-April 10 | Wednesday Evensong Services

 Join us for the Evensong worship service on Wednesdays during Lent. Each week hear sermons on your questions about faith and doubt in the new sermon series, "Why? Wrestling with Hard Questions About Faith."

Wednesday, March 13
5:30 pm  Test your Bible knowledge with Rev. Stephen Coleman during the meal! 
6:30 pm  Sermon: "Why? How are prayers answered?"

Wednesday, March 20
5:30 pm  Fellowship Meal 
6:30 pm  Sermon: "Why? When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Wednesday, March 27
5:30 pm  Fellowship Meal
6:30 pm  Sermon: "Why? Science and Faith" and music led by the 
Virginia Choristers Chamber Choir

Wednesday, April 3
5:30 pm  Fellowship Meal
6:30 pm  Sermon: "Why: The Authority of Scripture"

Wednesday, April 10
5:30 pm  Fellowship Meal
6:30 pm  Sermon: "Why? Did Christ Have to Die for Me?"

April 13 | Community Easter Celebration

Bring your Easter baskets for the annual egg hunt followed by lots of fun activities, like music, a bounce house, a petting zoo, face painting, and more! Meet in the chapel at 10:00 am. The egg hunts begins after our opening prayer. Help is needed to set up, greet visitors, oversee activities, and clean up. Sign up to help: www.bit.ly/easter-celebration-2019

April 14 | Palm Sunday

Services at 8:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am
UMW Bake Sale

April 18 | Holy Thursday

5:30 pm Meal | Fellowship Hall | Make reservations
7:00 pm Worship and Holy Communion | Sanctuary

April 19 | Good Friday

7:00 pm Tenebrae worship service in the sanctuary 

April 21, 2019      Easter Sunday

Holy Communion at all services
Sermon: "The Bridge to Terabithia"

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

9:00 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, 9:00, and 11:00 am worship services.

Lenten Opportunities

Connect with our Staff on Facebook
Visit our Facebook page for inspirational messages from our staff weekdays during Lent.

Get Daily Inspiration During Lent
Sign up to receive a daily email through April 21 reflecting upon the season of Lent and our sermon series. Please note, if you signed up for the daily Advent email you will automatically receive this email too.
Visit the church calendar for more opportunities during Lent.

Resources


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.