Lent and Easter Schedule at Saint Peter

Lent and Easter Schedule at Saint Peter

Lent in the Christian Church, the period preceding Easter, which is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence in commemoration of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. In the Western Church it runs from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, and so includes forty weekdays. Middle English lente springtime, Lent, from Old English lencten; akin to Old High German lenzin spring. 

This year the season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th. With worship at 7:00 p.m, we’ll confess our sins, receive the sign of the cross on our foreheads, and be invited into 40 days of confession and self-reflection, as we prepare ourselves together for the arrival of the Easter season.

Lent is a season many “contemporary” Christian movements have dismissed altogether, claiming it is too dull, too dreary, too depressing for today’s Christian. But for Lutherans, it is a season that strikes close to the heart of what we understand it means to be a Jesus-follower. Far from dull, dreary and depressing, we believe Lent welcomes us into a richer and more joyful experience of God.

In First John, we read the following words, familiar to anyone who has spent much time with Lutheran liturgy: This is the message we have heard from [Christ] and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all... If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. [First John 1:5, 8-22]

During the season of Lent we recommit ourselves to the journey from confession to forgiveness. We are able to take this hard, honest, painful look at our sin and brokenness, because we trust in the word of Christ — that he has accomplished all that is necessary for our forgiveness, and when we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So join us this year, as we enter into the historic and transforming liturgy of confession and absolution.

Ash Wednesday (2/14)
Confession with ashes at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays in Lent (2/21-3/21)
Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Week (3/25-31)
Walking with Jesus through the last week of his life, with worship on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Passion Sunday (also known as Palm Sunday) - March 25
8:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion
9:40 a.m. Education Hour
10:45 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday - March 29
7:00 p.m. Communion Service

Good Friday - March 30
8:00 p.m. Service of the Word

Holy Saturday - March 31
9:00 p.m. Easter Vigil

The Resurrection of Our Lord; Easter Sunday – April 1
8:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion
10:45 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

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