Lent 2017: Resist+

Lent logo: Resist+Resist+ is this year’s theme for the season of Lent—the season in the Christian calendar that leads up to the powerful events of Holy Week and Easter. It marks a time of 40 days that Jesus spent praying in the wilderness. It is traditionally a time of humility and reflection, both an acknowledgement of our humanity and a celebration of Jesus’ triumph over death.

We begin the season with Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 28, 2017), the last day before Lent begins where we “lived it up’ and celebrated with a festive, child-friendly event with an all-church pancake supper, costumes and masks in Loper Chapel. Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017), the first day of Lent, follows immediately the next day. It began a more introspective period as we consider the events of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We marked Ash Wednesday on the Chancel in the Sanctuary with candles, communion, singing and the simple ritual of receiving ashes on our foreheads.

Each Sunday in Lent we will consider the theme Resist+ in the 10 am service at Congregation Beth El (where we are worshiping since the church fire of late September 2016). More about the season and the theme...

Copies of a United Church of Christ Lent resource called Diving Lessons written by members of the Still Speaking Writers Group will be made available to members of the congregation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other special events will mark the season (see below) and Holy Week will bring a whole week of special events and services, culminating with three services on Easter Sunday, April 16.

Join us for these great opportunities to gather! Watch for news in the Carillon and on the website of the rich variety of ways that we will be marking the season of Lent at First Church.

On Tuesday, April 11 at 6 pm, the Beth El community has invited us to join in their

Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

A Holy Saturday Vigil will take place on April 15 at 7:30 pm.

On Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm, we commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified with a candlelight “Tenebrae” service in Loper Chapel. 

This year, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, April 13, in homes around the community.

Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, April 9.


Beginning with the excitement of Palm Sunday through the shadow of Good Friday and on to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, First Church will

This year we’re hosting a new Young Adult Lent Retreat, April 8 in Dillon Beach!

Because Easter (April 16) occurs during Passover (April 10–18) this year, there are strict rules around what type of food will be

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Resistance is the word of the moment. You see it everywhere: on countless email headers, spray painted on urban walls and overpasses.