Four Steps for Forty Days in Lent
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves 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.” (umc.org)
Online Community Bible Reading
READ THE BIBLE: Join with other members & friends of Garfield Memorial Church for a daily interactive online devotional with our Online Pastor Curt Bissell. Use this link to sign up to our Devotions for Lent from Holy Bible: Mosaic). Ground each day in scripture and share thoughts with other friends online each week.
Be Present in Worship - Online
Even though we are temporarily not having in person worship gatherings right now, you can still worship with Garfield Memorial Church! We are hoping you will commit to be in worship (virtually) EVERY week of Lent and Easter for 7 straight Sundays.
Join us online and let others know that they can worship online too!
Maundy Thursday, April 9th- Worship at Home
Celebrate Maundy Thursday at home and with Garfield Memorial Church. Connect with the church on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh-e8-e2XBbgOQoJrZYZRUg and experience an interactive time of worship remembering Jesus' charge that we love one another. We'll also be sharing communion together. We invite you to use bread and grape juice if you have them, crackers, wine, Kool-Aid, apple juice or water will also do. Share in this world-wide worship experience on Thursday, April 9, from 6:30 - 7:15 PM. The service will be available on demand also.
Maundy Thursday happens during Holy Week (the week before Easter) and commemorates the initiation of the Lord’s Supper.
Praying for Easter Sunday
Specifically think of one or more friends, family or acquaintances in your “village” who are not part of a regular church family. Write their names down now and begin to pray for them that they might be open to come to worship online on Easter Sunday. Pray for how you might invite them in a loving and non-threatening way.
Then, invite; but please pray first. Prayer opens doors in amazing ways. If you have someone who joins us online on Easter, please email Pastor Chip their name and address, and he will follow up with a hand written note of welcome.