Dear First Church Family and Friends,
As we embark on another Lenten Season at First Presbyterian Church, our 196th, it is hard to imagine doing it differently. Yet, we come to this time of year humbly to present ourselves before our Lord as disciples of Christ Jesus. This is our time to prepare and reflect upon the calling we have received from God to follow Messiah Jesus.
This year we are embarking on a special time of worship, study, preaching and practice. This is a perfect time to focus on our walk with Christ and how to live out our Christian faith through five essential practices of the Christian Life we see Jesus demonstrating on the Cross.
We encourage each person to walk this walk with us. You can do this by attending one of our worship services each week of Lent – which runs from Ash Wednesday, February 26th through Palm Sunday, April 5th. You may also study these same topics with us at our Monday Night Lenten Bible Study at 7 p.m. beginning on March 2nd. This study will include discussion from Adam Hamilton’s DVD and book, entitled The Walk. This is a great time to share how your own life has been strengthened through these 5 essential practices and what it means to live out your faith in your daily walk with God.
These two opportunities are only the beginning of what we offer during the Lenten Season. There are a variety of ways to prepare for the resurrection of Jesus and the new life we receive in Christ. We invite you to take seriously some of these opportunities as you personally get ready to celebrate the Christ’s Easter promises – our resurrection hope found in our Messiah and Lord. We also ask you to think about someone in your life that you want to bless by inviting or bringing them to church for one or all of our Lenten/Easter events.
These opportunities include:
- The Ash Wednesday Worship Service on Wednesday, 26th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and will include the imposition of ashes and participation in Holy Communion.
- The Walk Worship Series will take place during our Lenten worship services Saturdays February 29-April 4, 2020 and Sunday March 1-April 5, 2020. During this series we will reflect on five essential spiritual practices of the Christian Life rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God. Join us!
- The Walk Lenten Bible Study will take place on Monday evenings at 7 p.m., March 2-April 6, 2020 and will include the themes we are studying during Worship through DVD, Scripture, and discussion. This study is based on Adam Hamilton’s book and series The Walk, and will focus on the spiritual practices of Worship and Prayer, Study, Service, Giving, Sharing and how Christ did all of these from the
- The Pontiac Easter Event, takes place on Saturday, April 4th 10 a.m. This event will include a pancake breakfast, the Easter Story, Rotation stations, a visit from the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg hunt. Join us!
- Holy Week Worship with the Oakland County Ministerial Fellowship on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings, April 6-8th at 7 p.m. at the Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
- Maundy Thursday Worship on Thursday, April 9h @ 7:00 p.m. This year we will be in the sanctuary for a special reflective meditative worship experience in which we will remember the Last Supper of our Lord Jesus, as well as his arrest and crucifixion.
- Good Friday Worship, Friday, April 10th @ Noon to 3 p.m. located at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. This excellent worship opportunity, sponsored by the Oakland County Ministerial Fellowship, is focused on remembering last seven words of Jesus Christ as we await his resurrection.
- Easter Sunrise Service at 8:00 a.m. in the Church Sanctuary.
- Easter Breakfast will follow the Sunrise Service and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- Easter Traditional Worship at 10:00 a.m. Celebrate the Resurrection with us!
Friends, don’t forget to pick up The 2020 Lenten Devotional, written by the Pittsburgh Seminary Distinguished Alums and other Pittsburgh Seminary alumnae/i leaders. Copies of this devotional can be found in the literature rack by the main entrance. Pick one up as your devotional this Lenten season.
I hope you are planning to join us as we learn and grow together.. I do not believe it would feel like Easter without special Easter lilies purchased in honor or memory of a loved one to be placed in worship on Easter Sunday. The information on our Easter lilies and the order form was sent out in a mailing. Please make sure you make a note of the deadline, as it is approaching.
Friends, let us keep one another in our prayers during this Lenten season as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ individually or with family and corporately whether in person or through our prayers; and may this Lenten time strengthen our relationships with our Almighty and Everlasting God.
Many Blessings upon you during this Easter Season,
The Rev. Laura C. Kelsey