Lent

Lent is a journey of self-examination and preparation. For Christians who observe Lent, it is a somber time to intentionally focus on repenting in response to the willingness of Jesus dying on the cross for our sake, and begins on Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated on February 26. Although solemn, there is hope that comes at end of Lent – Easter Sunday, which signifies the victory of Jesus’ resurrection, and the defeat of death, which is celebrated on April 12.

We encourage everyone to engage in some spiritual discipline to draw closer to God during this season of preparation. Disciplines include fasting, prayer, confession, seeking, solitude, and sabbath rest.


 

LENT WORSHIP SCHEDULE

 

Ash Wednesday | February 26, 6:00 PM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)

Start the Journey with us this Lent! We will gather together in the Sanctuary for ashes and other opportunities to prayerfully connect to God. The Nursery will be available for children aged 3 and younger. There will be a time in the service for children to participate in a child-focused station led by our Director of Children’s Ministry, Angie Tobias.


Holy Thursday | April 9, 6:00 PM

Instead of gathering for a worship service, we will worship together in our homes and share in the Lord’s Supper around a table at the same time, just as Jesus and His disciples did. There will be dozens of groups that meet in homes to have a meal together, spend time in a devotional, and share in communion together as Pastor Matt leads it via live-stream at 6:00 PM, which you can find at live.firstchurch.cc.

Registration will be available soon.

In order to accomplish all this, we need people willing to host. Responsibilities of a host include organizing the meal, leading the devotional discussion, and picking up the consecrated communion elements from the church which will be available after every service on April 5.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Schwanger at [email protected].


Good Friday | April 10, 7:00 PM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)

Join us for a special Good Friday service in which we’ll remember Jesus’ final days before the cross. The child-care offered is to be announced.


Prayer Vigil | April 10, 9:00 PM – April 11, 12:00 PM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)

Our focus for the prayer vigil this year will be to cover First Church in prayer. We will walk throughout the First Evangelical Center in a guided journey experience and pray over our ministries and community.


Easter Sunday | April 12

This Easter, we’ll be pulling out all the stops as we celebrate that Christ is Risen! If you are a regular attendee at First Church, please consider worshipping at 8:00 AM. as an act of service so that there are seats available for our guests at 9:30. Children’s bulletins will be available at all services. We will follow the regular Sunday morning schedule:

  • Traditional Worship | 8:00 AM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)
    A traditional worship experience with the chancel choir, hymns, and the hallelujah chorus will be offered. The child-care offered is to be announced.
  • Blended Worship | 9:30 AM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)
    A blended worship experience with a worship band, contemporary songs, and the hallelujah chorus will be offered. The child-care offered is to be announced.This service will be live-streamed on live.firstchurch.cc.
  • Modern Worship | 11:00 AM | Christian Life Center (CLC)
    The modern worship band will lead the service. The child-care offered is to be announced.This service will be live-streamed on live.firstchurch.cc.
  • Celebrate Recovery | 4:30 PM | First Evangelical Center (FEC)
    Join us for a special worship experience that involves a celebration of the resurrection through worship and testimony. Following worship, all are invited to Easter dinner in Fellowship Hall. Anyone is welcome for this special celebration!

 

GOING DEEPER IN LENT

 

 
 

Teavotions | Wednesdays in Lent

Tea + Devotions = Teavotions. Join Mitch Marcello and Pastor Janet Durrwachter as we enjoy a cup of tea and talk about the Lenten Gospel Challenge reading from the previous week. This will be a conversation, not a lecture, so bring your questions and insights. Teavotions will be offered on Wednesdays during Lent, starting March 4. Janet and Mitch will be offering two ways to be involved in Teavotions:

  • In-Person | 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Room 102 of the First Evangelical Center

    Bring a mug, your favorite tea, and your questions. We’ll supply the hot water.

  • Online | 7:30 – 8:15 PM | First Church Williamsport YouTube Channel

    Join us online and feel free to include your comments or questions in the chat room! Session 1 can be found here.

 

Morning Prayer | Weekdays at 6:00 AM | First Evangelical Center (FEC) Sanctuary

Early morning Lenten prayer will be offered every morning Monday through Friday of Lent starting March 2 at 6 AM. On Tuesday mornings, communion will also be served.

 

MINISTRY CHALLENGES

 

fuse* Challenge

During Lent, fuse* students are encouraged to go deeper in Lent through one of two options:

  • One Gospel Challenge

    Read the Gospel of Luke as outlined in The Journey: One Gospel Reading Challenge.

  • Lent: Journey According to Luke

    Log in to the Bible App and participate in the digital devotional, Lent: Journey According to Luke. Feel free to invite your friends to join you as you go along!

There will also be a special 6-week discipleship elective offered on Sunday nights, starting March 1 through April 8, from 7:15 – 8 PM, called Gospel Foundations: God With Us.

 

Children’s Ministry Challenge

The Journey: Kid’s Edition has tailored the Gospel Reading Challenges for our younger members so they can dig deeper into Scripture! Family members are encouraged to work through and discuss the questions with their children. You can find this journal here.

 

First Night Challenge

Wednesdays during Lent beginning March 4, after the meal and worship time, all are invited to watch the video adaptation of the Gospel of Luke as part of the church-wide Gospel Reading Challenge. The video will be played in 40-minute segments, and there will be a time for discussion after.