"If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me" - Mark 8:34
CROSS - TRAINING is the theme of the Lent Season for 2014. Using the Gospel of Mark, Dr. Dan Hannon and the Christ Church family will journey through the seven days of Holy Week found in the Gospel of Mark as it reveals the purpose and meaning of the cross.
These seven days changed the course of human history and forever altered how people experience God. Join Dr. Hannon and the Christ Church family for the season of Lent in CROSS - TRAINING.
March 9 Sunday, Day 1: Body & Soul Fitness
March 16 Understanding the Father's Heart (Rev. Marc Donaldson)
March 23 Tuesday, Day 3: Hey man! Who do you think you are?
March 30 Wednesday, Day 4: Traitor! Us all!
April 6 Maundy Thursday, Day 5: Meeting Gethsemane
April 13 Palm Sunday: The Tragedy & The Triumph!
April 20 Easter Sunday: Deathless Hope
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent which leads up to Holy Week and Easter Sunday. It is a time set aside for each Christian to repent of their sins and begin a spiritual journey to prepare for Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
7:30am Service - Designed for people who commute or have busy travel schedules and who have a desire to have ashes for the day. This come and go service allows for meditative reflection, Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes. Held in the prayer chapel of Christ Church.
7:00pm Service - It is the service of Holy Communion and imposition of ashes in the sign of the cross on the forehead. Service music is provided by the music ministry. Rev. Deanna Young will bring the evening devotion. This service marks the end to the called fast of and for the church.
This Sunday marks the beginning of the most holy and sacred of weeks in the Christian faith and year, Holy Week. This day commemorates the triumphant entry into Jerusalem where Jesus was hailed as the Messiah, the descendant of King David, the Savior promised of God. People waved palm branches as Jesus entered the city, hence the name Palm Sunday. Palms will be distributed for attendees. The sermon will be "The Tragedy & The Triumph", delivered by Dr. Dan Hannon.
This service is the remembrance of the Upper Room experience of Jesus with the disciples when Jesus instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion. The service concludes with the observance of Tenebrae, a scripture reading from the Gospel of Mark recalling the crucifixion of Jesus which occurred on Good Friday, the day after the Upper Room experience. As each portion of the story is read, an element from the altar is removed. The service ends with a darkened room and an altar stripped of all elements of Jesus. This begins the vigil which leads to Easter Sunday.
This come and go, interactive, multi-sensory prayer walk guides the participant through stories of the journey of Jesus, leading to his betrayal and death. The time parallels the Holy Week event when, after the Last Supper (recognized earlier at the Maundy Thursday Service, 7pm), Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane and invites his closest friends, the disciples, to "stay here and pray." Open all night in the Covenant Chapel, participants are invited to sacrifice sleep in some way as they re-walk these steps of Christ. The prayer walk ends on Good Friday at 9am to recognize the time in the morning when Jesus was crucified up on the cross.
Three powerful Sanctuary services are planned featuring the finest of the music ministry of Christ Church. Music will be provided by the Sanctuary Choir, the Brass Orchestra, the Christ Church Pipe Organ and the Baby Grand Piano. The message will be "Deathless Hope" delivered by Dr. Dan Hannon for all services. A continental breakfast will be provided without charge.
This first worship service on Easter Sunday is held in the courtyard of Christ Church. This service will feature worship music led by Chad Minchew and an Easter message delivered by Rev. Marc Donaldson. A continental breakfast will be served. In the event of rain, this service will be moved to the gym.
Our annual Easter egg hunt is held in the church courtyard on Palm Sunday in conjunction with our Family Fun Day! The egg hunt is for children ages infant - fourth grade. Kids, bring your favorite Easter basket. Eggs will be filled with hard candies (no chocolate) and small toy.
We will begin by gathering in the Covenant Chapel for a puppet show put on by our Puppet Ministry. Plan to gather in Covenant Chapel at 12:05pm.
The hunt times in the courtyard are as follows:
0-3 year olds will hunt eggs at 12:15pm
4-6 year olds will begin at 12:25pm
1st - 4th graders will hunt promptly at 12:35pm
Beginning at 11:30am in the back parking lot, kids will enjoy a bounce houses, a petting zoo and a rock wall.
Pastors' Ginormous Ice Cream Sundae
Pastors' will put on their aprons and make a HUGE community ice cream sundae at 1:15pm in the CLC gym! It is as fun to watch as it is to eat! No worries - everyone get's theirs scooped into their own bowl.
Black Walnut Cafe lunch benefitting UM ARMY student missions
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children from 11:30am-12:45pm in the Christian Life Center Gym. Order tickets online here or at the Welcome Center Desk. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Traditionally, Lent was a time for personal conversion leading up to Easter, during which Christians practiced the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying and almsgiving to strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their ultimate dependence on God. This calendar will help to recapture the true meaning of Lent in ways that are actually relevant to your life. Each day, starting on Ash Wednesday, the calendar's link for that day will become active, revealing a Daily Jolt for spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving..
Fasting is an act of devotion and humbling yourself before God. It is sacrificing something valuable for your physical existence for the benefit of your spiritual journey. If you have never fasted before and question the need or ability to do it - you are not alone. If this is your first time, perhaps just skip 1 meal. Please use this guide as a place to begin a special journey.
During the Ash Wednesday service we will make our commitments to the Lord. Commitment cards will be available soon to fill out and place on the altar rail. You are invited to make a commitment to prioritize your life so that less time is spent in routine, worldly activities. Instead, commit to have a personal, intimate, lifetime journey practicing the presence of God daily. There are several suggestions for intersecting with God listed here. Be intentional. Be committed. Enjoy the time in His presence. To access the Lenten Commitment Card, click here.
If you would like to order an Easter lily this season in remembrance of or in honor of someone special, click here to access the online order form. The cost for each lily plant is $20. Orders accepted through April 2. The lilies will decorate the church sanctuary for Easter and can be picked up after Easter Worship on April 20.
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happening on Palm Sunday,
APRIL 13, 2014
Easter egg hunt, Black Walnut Cafe lunch
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Christ Church United Methodist ¤ 6363 Research Forest Drive ¤ The Woodlands,Texas 77381