2020 Lenten Opportunities at CPC

Lent is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness.  It begins on Ash Wednesday as we remember the ‘wild-ness’ at creation and hear familiar words, “ from dust you were created, and to dust you shall return” then heads into the wilderness with Jesus where he faces 40 days of resisting, fasting and wandering. In the wilderness Jesus is faced with temptation and struggle yet he is also shaped and formed for ministry. Through the wilderness of Lent we are invited to surrender to the sometimes wild leadings of the Spirit, remembering who we are and whose we are. Wilderness can be harsh or sacred, but no wilderness is too harsh for God’s love. This Lent, welcome to the journey.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper February 25, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday when the season of Lent begins. ‘Shrove’comes from the old middle English word ‘Shriven’ meaning to go to confession, to say ‘I’m sorry’ for hurtful things done or helpful things left undone. Confession, or repentance is both a turning away from sin and turning to God. 

Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday comes from an ancient custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent the most common of which were eggs and milk. With the rich ingredients gone, people were ready to begin the spiritual discipline of a Lenten fast. Come join us as we revel in some fun before our Lenten reflections begin.

Tickets are available at the door that evening: $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 2 to 12, under 2 free, $15 max per family.

Proceeds and donations will go towards the CPC’s mission work in Guatemala. 


Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:00 p.m.

The gospels picture Jesus as almost constantly on the move, not stopping long in any one place. Furthermore, for most of the chapters in these stories of his ministry, he is moving toward Jerusalem and the dramatic climax of his earthly life. 

The Ash Wednesday worship service this year is also a journey, a journey through symbols of our faith. The service highlights four themes: baptism, mortality, the Lord’s Supper, and discipleship. Music, scriptures, brief messages, litanies and silence in each section remind us of these dimensions of faith. Then as the service reaches its conclusion, worshippers are invited to walk through this journey of symbols, reaffirming their baptism vows, feeling the cross of ashes, taking communion, and receiving a nail, sign of sacrifice. After a final hymn, the service will end in silence as we enter the dark night and begin the season of Lent.

We hope you can attend this moving service and initiate your own journey toward the significant acts of Holy Week. 


Lenten Evening Bible Study: Wednesdays,  March 4 through April 1;  Simple Soup Supper: 5:30 p.m., Bible Study: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginners Guide to Holy Week  by Amy Jill – Levine

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. This study will explore the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story highlighting the ethical and spiritual questions the text raises as well as how we all face risk in our Christian experience. 

This study will be offered Sunday mornings 9:29 – 10:15 in the Faith Today class  AND Wednesday evenings when it will include a simple supper of soup, salad & bread. Wednesday evening will be led by Medora and Duane Hix, and Mitzi Lesher-Thomas 


Weekly Worship Reflections Sundays in Lent following 10:30 a.m. worship

Come join with other worshippers in a conversation reflecting on our worship experience that morning.

What did you hear that made you curious? What did you sing that gave you pause?

What did you notice? And what did it make you wonder?

Gather in the parlor – for a free form time of questions and conversations about our Lenten journey through the scripture readings, prayers and songs of worship.


Maundy Thursday Service April 9 – 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday is the night remembering how Jesus and the disciples gathered to celebrate Passover, becoming known to Christians as the Last Supper and instituting the sacrament of Communion. Jesus also washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility. The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “mandate”. Thus “Maundy Thursday” refers to the mandate Jesus gave the disciples that night to love and serve one another.


Palm/Passion Sunday April 5 – 8:30 a.m. worship; 10:30 a.m. cantata

Holy Week begins with Palm/Passion Sunday, remembering Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem even as the authorities and crowds were planning to betray him. This Sunday begins Holy or Passion Week leading to Easter.


Easter Worship and Communion – April 12.  7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.


Devotional Materials

Printed Daily Devotionals by A Sanctified Art, available in the Narthex

We rarely enter the wilderness willingly. These daily devotionals containing scripture, poetry, visual art, coloring, written reflections and journaling prompts are an invitation to explore the wilderness of Lenten spiritual practice and the wildness of the Spirit trusting that we are neither the first nor the last to make this journey – and we do not go it alone. 


Words for the Wilderness Devotional Cards

by A Sanctified Art, available in the Narthex

These small 3×5 cards containing a one or two word phrase, a verse of scripture, and a short prayer offer families in particular a way to engage in Lenten reflection in the busyness of their day. Keep them in the car, on the kitchen table – use them to begin dinner conversation or while traveling to and from school.


Online Devotionals:

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Lenten Devotion 2020

Luther Seminary Downloadable Lenten Devotion 2020

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