Lent and Easter at Central Church
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, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. 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 began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.
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Our weekly radio broadcast is generously sponsored by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
Sundays of Lent 2021 are February 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 28. Easter Sunday is April 4.
Lenten Theme: "Grappling with Grace in a Grumpy World" - How God's unmerited Favor never lets us go. We'll use characters from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables to illustrate how the power of the human spirit, filled with God's Grace, can lead us through our struggles toward a path of peace.
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DRIVE-THRU -Marking of The Ashes - Wednesday, February 17
Central Church Parking Lot (enter from the alley)
9am - 9:30 am
12noon - 12:30 pm
Pastors Dale and Chris will offer COVID-safe anointing of ashes in the church parking lot. Please remain in your vehicle, as proceed through the line as indicated.
LIVESTREAM - Ash Wednesday Worship- February 17
6:30 p.m. via the Central Church Facebook Page and Church Website.
Join us for this simple service including traditional readings, a pastoral meditation and music from Central's Chancel Choir.
9:00 a.m. The Well Worship Service - The Well offers an engaging worship experience and welcomes seekers of all ages looking for a alternative worship format different from the traditional service.
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service - Experience a familiar pattern of liturgy with prayers, hymns and an encouraging message.
LIVESTREAM - Good Friday Community Worship - April 2
12 noon - 3:00 p.m. via the Central Church Facebook Page and Church Website.
Join together in this Ecumenical Service of remembering the hours of Jesus' suffering and crucifixion. Area pastors will tell the story through powerful messages as reflect on The Seven Last Words of Christ.
7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunrise Service - Greilickville Marina Park. TWO OPTIONS to be part of a brief outdoor service celebrating the Easter message in word and song and a sunrise over Grand Traverse Bay.
9:00 a.m. Well Worship Service Upbeat and Casual style worship with band lead music, an Easter message and a great take away for living as Easter people.
11:00 a.m. Traditional Easter Service Traditional worship with an Easter message and children’s time; along with powerful hymns, a Chancel choir anthem and brass ensemble.