Seasons of the Christian Church

Seasons of the Christian Church

Lent-Six(6) Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter

 

Background- Began as a forty hour vigil, beginning on Good friday. Then was extended to become a tithe of the year=36 days. Finally it was extended to forty week days, as Sundays are not included because they represent "litte Easters', t commemorate Jesus 40 days in the wilderness. Ash Wednesday, when the psalms of the prior year's Palm sunday are burned and the ashes placed on the foreheads of the people, begins this season.

 

Color-Purple

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Theme- Reflection, Repentance and Renewal- This second season of preparatin calls on us to examine our true relationship with God-not what others see, but what is happening on the inside.

 

We walk with Jesus from the start of His ministry. His Baptism, the Wilderness and walk with Him toward the Cross.

What have we done and continue to do that nails Him to the Cross?

Palm Sunday and Holy Week- We do not, as a whole, address this period in worship, teaching and praise. We should emphasize this last week of Jesus' earthly ministry.

Moving from Good Friday's Gloom to Easter's Joy- It is often difficult to help the people to move through Jesus' Triumphant Entry, the Cross of Calvary and the Resurrection(Easter Service "A" may be helpful)