First Sunday in Lent 2019, Year C — Planning Notes
With All Your Heart Worship Series: GOD'S GENEROUS HEART
First Sunday in Lent — March 10, 2019
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?