Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019
ASH WEDNESDAY marks the beginning of Lent — a time to remember Jesus in the days leading up to his death and his resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the clergy will offer ashes for those who would like to receive them on the bridges and walkways before the day begins. This is a special opportunity for the preschool parents, teachers and children arriving at school that day, but it is an open invitation for all.
We mark the sign of the cross on our foreheads on that day as an invitation to step into the Lenten season, experience renewal, and remember that our lives are always in God’s hands.
The church offers two worship services on Ash Wednesday, and two more opportunities to receive ashes. The service in our Chapel begins at 12 noon, and the service in the sanctuary is at 6:30 pm.
Lenten Studies: Two Options
During the season of Lent, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church offers small group book studies through the Journeys small groups at pvumc program.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and ends on April 21, Easter Sunday 2019. Journeys leaders have an opportunity to lead a Lenten study on one of two books recommended by the clergy. Download your copy of the latest Journeys guidebook and contact Christopher Wurpts, associate pastor of modern worship and discipleship, or individual Journeys leaders to see who may be following these books or others during the season of Lent.
Both books are available for $15 in the Serendipities church gift shop on Sunday mornings, 9-11 am, or Wednesdays, 9:15 am- 1:30 pm. The books are also available online in digital, print or audio editions.
1) Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide for Holy Week
by Amy-Jill Levine
In this book, readers are invited to explore the history and literature surrounding the last days of Jesus’ life. Levine sets the narrative in historical context and analyzes the risks and motives of the story’s characters. She shows how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. This study is excellent for new groups or for leaders looking for a curriculum that includes a leader’s guide and DVD. The is also the study that will align with the sermon series during Lent: Passion.
Journeys groups who will be following this study include:
Wesley Sunday School — Sundays, 11 am, G2 (Library)
Young Adult Group (YAL) – Sundays at 1 pm, F8 (Fireside Room)
Caring Bible Study – Tuesdays, 10:30 am, A2 (Parlor)
Susanna Circle – Wednesdays at 9:30 am, A2 (Parlor)
Pastor’s Bible Study – Wednesdays at 10:30 am, F8 (Fireside Room)
Sojourners — Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, G2 (Library)
Growing Together in Our Walk – Wednesdays at 6-7:30 pm, F8 (Fireside Room)
2) Jesus, the Son of Man
by Kahlil Gibran
Readers are invited into this literary work that looks at Jesus through the eyes of those who knew him. Some of the characters are familiar: Peter, Mary, Luke, Pilate, and Thomas. But many characters are new, created by Gibran, including a Jerusalem cobbler, an old Greek shepherd, and Judas’ mother. What connects these people is the fact that they all have an opinion about Jesus, though no two opinions are the same. With each fresh voice, a different aspect of Jesus’ character is explored. This book is an excellent conversation starter for most small groups, as it helps us to look at the Passion narrative in a new way. No leader’s guide or DVD are included, though the clergy can provide advice on how to lead this group study.
Check the church Facebook page for a unique opportunity to participate in an online study of this book with the PVUMC Ignite community.
Please contact the church office, 602.840.8360, or email Christopher Wurpts for more information on these two options.