Lent is a season in which we practice giving up something important in order to refocus our lives on God. By fasting from certain things, we practice dying to ourselves. And by refocusing our lives, living to God, we intentionally choose things that help us become the kind of people God desires us to be. Below you will find many ways to try and refocus on God and make space for God this Lenten season.
Daily Prayer Calendar
Through the season of Lent we have prepared a calendar suggesting daily practices and prayers to help us make space for God.
Weekly Sermon on the Prayers of Jesus
The sermon series for the next six weeks will teach us the prayers Jesus prayed, to better understand his life, death and resurrection. You are invited to worship with us at 8:30 a.m. Traditional, 9:30 a.m. Contemporary, and 11 a.m Traditional. as well as a 7:00 p.m. Modern and 7:30 p.m. Youth. For more details about our worship services, visit our Worship page.
- March 5 (Ash Wednesday): Prayer is Boundaries — Matthew 6:1-6
- March 9: Prayer is Like This — Luke 11:1-4
- March 16: Prayer is Choosing — Luke 28:46
- March 23: Prayer is Praise — Matthew 11:25-26
- March 30: Prayer is Glory — John 12:27-28
- April 6: Prayer is Hope — John 11:41-42
- April 13: Prayer is Purpose — John 17
- April 17 (Maundy Thursday): Prayer is Possibility — Mark 14:32-39*
- April 20 (Easter): No Fear — Matthew 28:1-10*
*Maundy Thursday worship services are at noon and 7 p.m.
*There is no Youth Worship at 7:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday
Embark on a spiritual journey during the six weeks of Lent in our prayer labyrinth. This is an opportunity to reflect and recognize that God is with us at every turn. The center of the labyrinth is a place for meditative prayer and peace. Create space for God amidst the chaos of daily life.
The Labyrinth Walk is open on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jim Cooke, Chair of Spiritual Formation for the Florida Conference and certified in labyrinth prayer, will lead a one-time class on the labyrinth. Come and experience how this ancient practice is applied to modern life.
Lenten Small Groups
Lenten small groups wil meet 4 times over 6 weeks and will discuss the prayers of Jesus. Four different groups meeting in homes around town, including downtown, north (Longwood) on Friday p.m., east (University) on Monday p.m., and southeast (Conway) on Friday p.m.
Listening Prayers: A Source of Healing and Restoration led by Larry Webb
Our prayer traditions have often focused on how to talk to/with God. This brief course will focus on how to hear the voice of God. What special experiences have our mystic and monastic ancestors had, and can we also have them in our busy lives. We will not just “talk about” listening prayer, this course is designed to be experiential. Come Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and be prepared to go home restored and relaxed.
After the Maundy Thursday worship service on April 17 we will embark on a 22-hour prayer vigil. The vigil begins at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until just before the start Good Friday Service on Friday, April 18. Find 15 minutes during the vigil to reflect on the death of Jesus.
Join the Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking by praying for those currently enslaved and for helping to ease the transition of those who have escaped. During Lent we will be collecting items for Rescue Backpacks that will be given to people who have been able to escape human trafficking. Each Sunday a new list of items will be given. Please bring any items you can and place them in the shopping carts found around the church. With your help we can make a difference in the lives of trafficking victims.