First Sunday in Lent 2019, Year C — Planning Notes


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First Sunday in Lent — March 10, 2019

Calendar Notes


March 1        World Day of Prayer
March 3        Transfiguration of the Lord
March 6        Ash Wednesday, and Lent Begins
March 31      UMCOR Sunday

April 14         Palm/Passion Sunday
April 14-20   Holy Week
April 18         Maundy Thursday
April 19         Good Friday
April 20         Holy Saturday
April 21         Easter Sunday
April 24         Festival of God’s Creation
April 25         World Malaria Day (UM Communications)

All Month      Christian Home Month
                      Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 6-12       Christian Family Week
May 12          Festival of the Christian Home/Mother’s Day (USA)
May 18-19     Change the World Weekend
May 19          Heritage Sunday
May 24          Aldersgate Day
May 27          Memorial Day (USA)
May 30          Ascension of the Lord

Planning for this Series

It very well might be that many in your church could not make the Ash Wednesday service. That makes this first Sunday in Lent a true beginning of the Lenten season for those worshipers. You may want to lay out the arc of the season – direct your worshipers on the path that leads to the Risen Christ, even though they can’t see that quite yet. Throughout the season, as you program liturgy and music, look for the themes of waiting, preparation, and formation.

Consider forming study groups for this season to follow the faith formation pieces in tandem with Sunday worship. In this historical season of Christian education and formation, a churchwide Lenten study would be appropriate.

If you enjoy creating altarscapes, consider what “wilderness” looks like in your context. Is it the middle of the woods? Abandoned areas of town? Desert? Mountains? How would your congregation describe and recognize wilderness?