We know it’s all going to get better. It just has to. Within every moment of deep darkness lies the certainty that the dawn is coming.
Most people have felt, at one time or another (as have many biblical figures), that everything seems hopeless. Often times, these moments of utter darkness tend to take place right before a great healing or deliverance or miracle changes everything for the better, sometimes in ways unimaginable.
In this season of Lent, many of us are experiencing some of these moments of darkness, in all kinds of areas and in all kinds of ways. We invite you to join us on a special Lenten journey, as we travel in community through the darkness to reach the dawn of hope — and the glory of Easter Sunday.
Following are the thematic stories we’ll be examining, one each week of Lent, along with their scriptures. Each worshipping community of FUMCFW, Sanctuary, The Gathering, DiscipleChurch, and 11:11 will be following this path, yet refracting its message delivery according to its particular worshipping style.
All services will be available online, and as we can contemplate returning to in-person worship, we’ll send those updates our via enews, email blast and social media.
This year’s FUMCFW Ash Wednesday observation will, like most things, have a different look, format, and feel — and yet will maintain the same deep commitment to providing our congregation and community with the opportunity to reflect on the coming season of Lent, to set some intentions for the season, and to receive ceremonial ashes in remembrance of God’s love.
To do this safely, we will offer a drive-thru imposition of ashes at three different times throughout the day on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on February 17.
No reservation is necessary; just enter the Justin parking lot from 7th street at any of these times, and masked and gloved clergy and volunteers will impose ashes and offer this tangible reminder of God’s love as you exit at 5th Street. Please be sure that everyone in your car who wishes to receive ashes is also wearing a mask to help keep everyone safe.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Jonah and the Whale
Gerasene of Demoniac
Jesus and the Adulterous Woman
John 7: 53 – 8:11
Liturgy of the Passion
Matthew 26:14-17 or Matthew 27:11-54
Prayer Vigil in the Sanctuary
In the glorious culmination of our Darkest Before Dawn Lenten season, we will be offering four In-Person Easter Sunday worship services this year in our beautiful Sanctuary! With music by DFW Brass, Peggy Graff on our magnificent pipe organ, a stirring message, our favorite Easter hymns, and the joy of being together will make this an Easter Sunday to remember.
This year’s Easter Sunday services will be held at:
Attendance at each of these services will be by reservation only (with a few seats saved for walk-in guests) and will all follow the same health and safety guidelines as our weekly Sunday worship services. Reservations will be first-come, first -served starting February 28, so make your reservation as soon as possible for the service and seating of your choice!
All four services will also be live-streamed for those who choose to worship with us online.livestream
All of us are ordinary people who receive extraordinary calls from God. In Mike Marshall’s ongoing study, Monday Musers, now resuming via Zoom, Mike will lead a lively Lenten 2021 series of discussions of Adam Hamilton’s book, Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple. In this story of an ordinary person who head an extraordinary call from God you may find opportunity to examine your own extraordinary call from God. Peter was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leewood, Kansas, is one of the most important religious writers of our generation. This study is open to all, whether you’re a longtime Muser or just learning of this group and are interested in being part of this study.join zoom meeting
Have you ever watched a video and then paused to rewind so you could understand it better? Join us for GROW during the season of Lent as we study the scripture from the previous week’s sermon and dive a little deeper into it. This is the perfect opportunity to rewind the message and as we revisit it, find ways that it will carry you through the rest of the week. GROW is a comfortable place for everyone – whether it’s your first Bible Study or you’ve been to many Bible studies!
At GROW, you will always experience warm hospitality, a deep dive into scripture and meaningful conversation about scripture is relevant and meaningful in your life.
Join in on this open and honest discussion of the role of doubt in the life of faith. Often painful and rarely discussed, doubts have been called “the ants in the pants of faith,” offering a deeper and wiser faith and a more authentic commitment to Christian life.
Please purchase your own copy of the book and have the first 41 pages read in preparation for our discussion.
Brought to you daily with a friendly greeting from Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Bruster, a lectionary-based devotional provided by Upper Room, and a personally selected piece of music from our Sound Cloud playlist, this daily devotional opportunity will help you begin each day wrapped in God’s Grace and Love with blessings and warm wishes from our Senior Pastor.
Every weekday from 9:00 – 9:15 am, FUMCFW Co-Pastor, Rev. Lance Marshall will host a brief time of scripture, devotional reading, and prayer. It’s nothing fancy, just a chance for us to gather together in scripture, in prayer, and in the proclamation that God is great, even when times are trying.join zoom meeting
This open, drop-in-as-you-can discussion group will feature conversations based on Amy Oden’s God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel Hungry World , a very different kind of how-to book on hospitality, one that studies the stories of God’s welcome and takes seriously the culture of hostility that sometimes masquerades as Christianity. Reading or purchasing the book is helpful, but not required; please feel welcome to come, listen, and join the conversation from wherever you are!join zoom meeting
Immediately following Lance’s Daily Devotional & Prayer Meeting, we will take this opportunity to share and explore the many ways in which that morning’s prayer and reading has spoken to us. Attendance at Lance’s Devotional Time Not Required; come as you are and enjoy the conversation around making daily devotional reading a part of your day and reflection on your current circumstances.join zoom meeting
With conversations based on Amy Oden’s book, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, this discussion group will explore the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. Reading or purchasing the book is helpful, but not required; come as you are to gain the benefits of shared conversation about the practices of Christian mindfulness.join zoom meeting
While no one is certain when this time of “social distancing” and online and “reservations only” worship will end, one thing is clear: Easter Sunday Worship in our beautiful Sanctuary will go on, and Easter Sunday morning is always even more glorious when our Chancel is adorned with lilies!
Again this year we’re offering the opportunity to our church members and friends to purchase Easter lilies in honor or memory of a loved one between March 1 and March 28. And, since our only space to adorn will be the sanctuary this year, we’re limiting purchase to one per family.
When you purchase a lily to help to adorn our Easter Sunday services, you will also be adding a lily — and the love behind its purchase — to our designated Easter lily spaces on our campus so that they can return year after year to remind us of your loved ones.purchase a lily
Help us support our church ministries and local community with our Easter Offering. Give online (choose Easter Offering from the drop-down menu) or with a check or donation envelope marked “Easter Offering” in the Sunday offertory, by mail, or in the Main Office.
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