Worship at WSUMC this Lenten Season.
Worship is held each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
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.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination, reflection, and renewal. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
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.
This Lent, the focus in worship will be on Broken Reflections. In every aspect of our lives, we find that people are broken, institutions are broken, relationships are broken, and our hope for the future is broken. This season of Lent, let us gather in community to learn how God’s grace is seeking to heal our brokenness. From the vast brokenness of international relations, to the deep brokenness of our own hearts, God offers love to heal all in Christ. Join in worship this season of Lent, and let God repair your brokenness. To learn more about worship at Washington Street UMC, jump over to the Worship Service page!
Broken Image (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2)
February 14, 2018
Before celebrating your love on Valentine’s Day, come and hear of God’s love as the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Coffee House Chat & Ashes will be available at Misha’s from 6am – 11am; the evening Ash Wednesday service will be offered at 7:00pm in the church Sanctuary.
Broken World (Genesis 9:8-17)
February 18, 2018
The world is at a high-paced arms race. Every week we hear more information about nuclear development and new fighting between religious and culturally varied groups. We have this belief that blowing each other up and killing others will solve the problem. God tried that once too in the flood … and then swore it should never happen again.
Broken Nation (Luke 10:30-37)
February 25, 2018
Think of all the ‘isms’ that plague our nation. From the Alt-Right / White Nationalist Movement, to the Nazis, to ANTIFA, and others, we are dividing the nation into cells of unrelenting separatists. We have in our own minds and practices glimpses of such ‘othering,’ even as we intentionally refuse to make eye contact with those who live on the streets. The parable of the Good Samaritan offers a better kingdom understanding to diversity.
Broken Community (Luke 10:25-37)
March 4, 2018
The parable of the Good Samaritan speaks a word of faithful living to the nation in regards to accepting and helping people who look very different than us, but the question asked before the parable indicates that a healthy nation begins with in our community by being a good neighbor. Who is your neighbor?
Broken Relationships (John 8:1-11)
March 11, 2018
From marriages, to siblings, to work colleagues, broken relationships are forged because of a ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ mentality. But Jesus invites us to consider how casting stones at others is not the most faithful way.
Broken Selves (Psalm 139)
March 18, 2018
There is no person who does not experience some form of brokenness. From addictions, to illnesses, to pride, etc., we are all plagued with sin. We try to hide that from the world, even sometimes from ourselves. The Psalmist calls on God to search me out – name for me O God, where I am not willing to name my own brokenness.
Broken Voices (Mark 11:1-11)
March 25, 2018
The voices of the crowds changed from “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him” so quickly. We tend to follow and profess allegiance to whatever offers us the best life, often following blindly the wisdom of the crowd. Yet, when things go awry, we are quick to turn our hope to the next great thing. In our brokenness, even our voices are weary.
Broken Hearts (Jeremiah 8:18-22)
March 29, 2018
On Holy Thursday, Roberts Memorial UMC, Downtown Baptist, and WSUMC will join as one community worship. Following the dinner, in which Jesus instilled in the disciples a great hope and promise of new life in the bread and wine, Jesus is arrested in the garden. Where is our hope in the chaos? Do we still have faith after Jesus is arrested? The hearts of the disciples were broken in the moment of the betrayal.
Broken Fools (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
March 30, 2018
On Good Friday, the darkness takes over as Christ is crucified, dead, and buried. Through a traditional service of Tenebrae, the Friday evening service will recall the story of Christ’s sacrifice, and leave us all feeling as broken fools, who believed Christ to be more than a sacrificial lamb.
The Reflection of Grace (John 20:1-18)
April 1, 2018
Join in Easter worship to celebrate God’s love in Christ’s resurrection! In our brokenness, there is but one way to find a true and perfect reflection, in the great love of God witnessed in the resurrection of Christ. There is no brokenness, not even death, that is impossible to be overcome by Christ. We are able to find wholeness only in the reflection of the grace of God.
If you’re new to Washington Street UMC, click on over to our Welcome page to learn more about the church, Sunday worship, and how to get in touch!
*Childcare is provided for infants – 5 years old each Sunday morning from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.