Friday, February 15, 2013

Lent: A Time of Reflection - Irvine Pres.

I really like what came from my Irvine Pres. church pastor today about Lent. I am sharing it below so as to encourage you and remind myself: Lent is not just about giving up something, it's more consciously giving to God. May He bless and guide our Lenten journeys this year.
Lent:  A Time of Reflection

The season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, on February 13, and lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays, concluding with Christ’s resurrection celebration on Easter Sunday, March 31.

Lent is generally a solemn time to acknowledge that our bodies are frail and will quickly turn to dust upon our death. This is also a time many people associate with ‘giving up’ something they enjoy eating, drinking or doing.  But Lent is also a time for us to ‘give to’ God our hearts, our attention, and our focus.  When we turn away from sin and toward Jesus, we receive grace and mercy, hope and salvation, in a fallen world. 

During our worship services throughout Lent we have included gospel readings that teach us about the character of Jesus as he did God’s work during his life on earth.  We will reflect on how to apply those teachings to our lives, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, so that we may be equipped to follow Jesus with confidence, knowing that God has a plan and will be faithful to complete it.

Continue with us on Our Lenten Journey as we draw nearer to our Lord in anticipation of his death and resurrection.  Please read, below, about IPC’s Lenten and Easter Celebration Services:

Palm Sunday - Sunday, March 24, 9:00 am & 10:30 am
Join us as we celebrate Jesus as King!  Children will process bearing palm branches and the             Children’s Choirs and Chancel Choir will sing in joyous song!

Holy Week Evening Communion Services – Monday-ThursdayMarch 25-28
7:00 pm services are offered and will include a short homily and hymn singing.

Good Friday Communion Service – March 29, 7:00 pm
A solemn service of remembrance.  Together, we will walk with Jesus through the reading of the scriptures as he faces suffering and death on a cross.  Music will be provide by the Chancel Choir, Jay Mason (woodwinds), String Quartet, and featured guest, Diana Elias, mezzo-soprano, formerly with the Metropolitan Opera.

Journey to the Cross - March 29, 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm
An Easter experience for everyone!  Join us as we travel through 5 interactive stations to interact with the story of Easter.  Sit at the feet of Jesus.  Walk in the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  Feel the Cross and know the forgiveness of Jesus. The experience will be open at 5:30pm before the Good Friday service and again after the service at approximately 8:00 pm.  Appropriate for all ages elementary and older.

Easter Services – Sunday, March 31
Sunrise Service, 6:00 am, on the basketball courts.  Make sure you wear a jacket to this band-led celebration!

Sanctuary Services, 9:00 am & 10:30 am
Along with the Chancel Choir, Worship Band and Brass Quartet, we will lift our praises to the Risen Lord!  Hallelujah!

Sunday School will be offered for infants-6th grade during both Easter Sanctuary services.

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