Lent begins. A time for reflection. A time for confession. A time to focus our hearts and minds more closely on following Christ as he offers himself up for us. We’ll have a special sermon series and some educational opportunities. See below for more information.
Ash Wednesday is February 14th
We’ll have worship at 7:30 PM at Seward UMC and will put ashes upon our foreheads as a sign of repentance.
We’ll be making our way through the Book of James in the New Testament and our theme will be “Faith In Deed.” This will tie in with our “40 Acts” challenge.
40 Acts Challenge
During Lent this year, we’re encouraging the church — the whole church — to “do Lent generously.” We’ll make our way through the book of James under the theme “Faith In Deed.” Our Sunday worship will use this theme. It is hoped that we’ll have some small groups, including Sunday school, committing to come together for a little study and some discussion about being generous to our community.
Sign up at 40acts.org.uk And for 40 days you’ll get an email with a little reflection and a simple call to an act of generosity or kindness during the day. This can be done in groups, in families, or as individuals.
Worship During Lent
We will have a prayer station set up to pray for the needs of our community and our hearts. At Seward UMC we’ll also have a coloring station, recognizing that some persons’ spirituality is expressed best when they get to be creative. We’ll continue having communion at both Seward and Moose Pass.
Lenten Soup Suppers on Wednesdays
We’ll again join with our sisters and brothers at some of the other local churches in Seward as we journey through Lent. Dinners will be from 6-7 PM and will include a Lenten devotional. The schedule is as follows: 2/21 (Episcopal Church), 2/28 (Seward UMC), 3/7 (Sacred Heart Catholic Church), 3/14 (none), 3/21 (Resurrection Lutheran Church).
We’ll be having special services throughout the week. We’ll have a special Palm/Passion Sunday worship on March 25th. We’ll have a Maundy Thursday Worship on March 29th and Good Friday Worship on March 30th. Plus, we’ll have all the “bells and whistles” on Easter Sunday, April 1st.