About the Lenten Season
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent—a season of self-examination, prayer, fasting and works of love.
The word “Lent” is from the Middle English verb meaning “to lengthen.” In the Northern Hemisphere, the season corresponds with the lengthening of days during late winter and early spring.
During Lent, Christians prepare themselves spiritually for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The season spans 40 days: the number 40 symbolizes spiritual journeys home, corresponding to the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert in preparation for his ministry and the 40 years Israel journeyed through the wilderness towards the promised land. The traditional color of Lent is purple. During Holy Week, red is sometimes worn to symbolize the blood shed by Jesus for the salvation of humanity. In some traditions, following Maundy Thursday’s service, the sanctuary is stripped of color and ornament as a gesture which may suggest keeping vigil with Christ on the cross and in the tomb.
Here is BCC’s 2017 Lenten Season Calendar
Palm Sunday: April 9
All church photo after service (this is the 17th year) – outside, weather permitting
Easter Basket Assembly in Fellowship Hall
Maundy Thursday: April 13
5:30 pm Agape Meal in Fellowship Hall
7 pm Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae, Sanctuary (child care available)
Tenebrae is a very moving service of scripture readings accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of lights. The readings commemorate the events of the final three days of Jesus’ life and death. When the sanctuary is in total darkness, it reminds the worshippers of Jesus’ time in the tomb before his resurrection. At the end of the service, one candle is lit as the sign of Easter hope, and the congregation leaves quietly.
Good Friday: April 14
6 pm cross walk (starting at the church) – Cross Walk With Jesus, our fifth year of this meditative Good Friday experience. All are welcome! We will start at the Sanctuary front steps to begin a walk with some carrying a cross. We will walk in silence, stopping at certain places along the way to offer prayers and change cross bearers. Weather permitting, if not, then service inside.
Stark Park’s Easter egg hunt: April 15 from 11 AM – Noon
Stark Park’s Easter egg hunt: Here are the details for this community Easter egg hunt http://www.starkpark.com/ Grab your baskets and hop on over to Stark Park for our annual Easter Egg Hunt EGGS-travaganza on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The hunt begins at 11:00 am sharp for all children under the age of 8 years old. Come early for face-painting, festivities, and special guests! River Road will be closed between Rowell and Readey Street, so please plan to park on Elm Street. The event happens rain, shine, or snow, so we look forward to seeing you then!
Easter Sunday: April 16
6 am Easter Sunrise Service, at Stark Park!
Coffee and donuts to follow immediately
8 to 9 am pancake breakfast in fellowship hall – ($5 per person, $15 family maximum)
10 am service, in the Sanctuary with the Brookside Choirs and the Nottingham Brass