Our Lenten Theme is Confession

During the season of Lent, we will be engaging together in the spiritual discipline of confession. Confession is the simple acknowledgement of complicity with wrong doing. When we confess, we state clearly to God, to our community, and to ourselves, that we have fallen short, made poor choices, or failed to resist thoughts or actions that lead to the harming of others. Confession may take any number of forms:

  •  a shared communal prayer
  •  an individual prayer expressing regret and sorrow
  •  a conversation with one whom we have harmed, acknowledging the hurt, and seeking forgiveness
  •  a public admission before our community of faith

Confession has been a part of Christian worship from the beginning because we understand that, being human, actively hurting others, or leaving good works undone is inevitable. We confess because we know all too well our own shortcomings.

But we do not confess and expect to remain stuck in the results of our poor behavior. For while it is inevitable that human beings will do wrong and fall short, the good news has always been that there is more forgiveness in God than there is sin in us. We confess in expectation of the forgiveness of God, a forgiveness which is powerful enough to change our behavior, and that is freely given to all those who seek it. Confession and forgiveness are two sides of the same coin.

And so during Lent, at both morning worship and at the Well, we will be confessing together, looking honestly at our lives to discover that for which we must confess, and in expectation of God’s forgiving grace. Come and join us, discovering the power of honesty, and in expectation of God’s forgiving love.

 

Lenten Schedule

FEBRUARY 10 Ash Wednesday

Worship at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Embark with us on the journey of remembrance, as we revisit and retell the stories of Jesus’ life and teachings.

 

FEBRUARY 14 First Sunday in Lent

Morning Worship at 10am

Paul Shupe preaches on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:7 and John 1:8-10.

Lenten Book Discussion in Pearson at 11:15am

Discussion of the book Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Led by Paul Shupe and David Price.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

Nancy Rottman preaches on Confessing Our Love of Material Things.

 

 

FEBRUARY 21 Second Sunday in Lent

Morning Worship at 10am

Paul Shupe preaches Luke 13:31-35.

Lenten Book Discussion in Pearson at 11:15am

Discussion of the book Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Led by Paul Shupe and David Price.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

David C. Clark preaches on Confessing Failures of Faith.

 

FEBRUARY 28 Third Sunday in Lent

Student Minister Sunday

 

Morning Worship at 10am

David C. Clark, David Price, and Andrew Harris preach on their call to ministry.

Special Guest in Pearson at 11:15am

Executive Director of the Congregational Library Margaret Bendroth will come speak to us about the Origins of Congregationalism. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

David Price preaches on Confessing our Fear of….

 

MARCH 6 Fourth Sunday in Lent and Scout Sunday and Communion Sunday

Opening of UCC Women’s Week

Morning Worship at 10am

Nancy Rottman preaches.

Lenten Book Discussion in Pearson at 11:15am

Discussion of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Led by Paul Shupe and David Price.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

Andrew Harris preaches on Confessing our Haste to Declare a “Post-Racial” Society.

 

MARCH 13 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Amistad Sunday

Morning Worship at 10am

Paul Shupe preaches on Amistad, Isaiah 43:16-21.

Lenten Book Discussion in Pearson at 11:15am

Discussion of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Led by Paul Shupe and Rev. Sandras Barnes from City Mission Society.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

Mark Morgan preaches on Confessing our White Privilege.

 

MARCH 20 Palm Sunday

Morning Worship at 10am

We mark the last week of Jesus’ life, from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem through his arrest and trial, to his death on the cross. Barbara Callaghan returns from a partial maternity leave to preach on Luke 19:28-40, and Bells play in worship! Join us after worship for Palm Sunday Brunch in Clark Hall.

Evening Worship @the Well at 6:15pm in Clark Hall

Paul Shupe preaches on theme Jesus Between the Palms and the Cross.

 

MARCH 24 Maundy Thursday

Worship at 7:30 pm in Clark Hall

Celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples through communion, reflection, and prayer. Music provided by the Morning Glories Bell Choir.

 

MARCH 25 Good Friday

Worship at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary

Using scripture and candlelight, we face the difficult story of Jesus’ death on Good Friday. This moving service includes readings by the Confirmation Class and music from the River Rock Band.

 

MARCH 27 EASTER CELEBRATIONS

Easter Sunrise Worship at 6:15 am

It has become a tradition to gather atop the hill at the Old Belfry for a simple service of singing, scripture, and sharing the names of loved ones who have died. Park in the Cary Library lot, and climb the pathway across Clark St. Dress warmly for the spring sunrise.

 

Morning Worship at 9am & 11am in the Sanctuary
Two full worship services are held in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday! Our Chancel Choir is joined by brass quartet and timpani for a festive morning of music, including our annual singing of the Hallelujah Chorus! Children worship with their families. Paul Shupe preaches. Childcare provided for infants and toddlers. Coffee Hour will be held at 10am between services in Clark Hall.