Lent

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, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. Historically, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God; prayerfully releasing things in their lives that do not bring God pleasure, and embracing the life of Christ more fully. 

Wednesday Worship in Lent

This year we will be with a variety of congregations in the East District, experiencing many different worship styles and hearing a broad selection of teachings from the Bible, as we gather to eat and worship together.  If you would like to join us for dinner each week at 6:00 pm followed by Worship at 7:00 pm, or if you would like to car pool, please mark the Contact Card in your bulletin on Sundays or contact the office beforehand.  We will meet you there!

2018 Lenten Worship Schedule

Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship
@ St. James UMC, 199 East Tabor Road, Philadelphia, PA  19120
Preacher: Pastor John T. Brice

Wednesday, February 21 – Lenten Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship

@ Ridge Avenue UMC, 7811 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19128
Preacher, Pastor Debra Coulbourn

Wednesday, February 28 – Lenten Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship

@ Green Lane UMC, 470 Green Lane, Philadelphia, PA  19128
Preacher, Rev. Donald Edwards

Wednesday, March 7 – Lenten Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship

@ Servants of Christ UMC, 5213 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19144
Preacher, Rev. Margaret Trice

Wednesday, March 14 – Lenten Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship

@ Grace UMC, 7101 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19138
Preacher, Rev. Steven Pittman

Wednesday, March 21 – Lenten Service
6:00 pm Dinner, 7:00 pm Worship

@ First UMC of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19144
Preacher, Rev. Bob Coombe