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Our Lent worship theme will acknowledge our universal experiences of stumbling blocks and struggles on our journey of faith. Through Christ’s grace, each of these stumbling blocks can transform into constructive stepping stones in our path of discipleship.

Augmented by physical and visual aides to stir your soul, we will celebrate how struggles with temptation, doubt, pride, resentment, and insincerity can transform into the stepping stones of deliverance, faith, humility, compassion, and integrity.

Join us each Sunday for a powerful experience of worship, grace, and the presence of God.

WORSHIP

Gathering to focus on God together

Sunday Worship

Traditional Worship
11:00 am | Sanctuary | Dr. Tim Bruster

Sunday, March 6

“Temptation and Deliverance”
Luke 4:1-13

Sunday, March 13

“Doubt and Faith”
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Sunday, March 20

“Pride and Humility”
1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Sunday, March 27

“Resentment and Compassion”
Luke 15:11-32

Sunday, April 3

“Insincerity and Integrity”
John 12:1-8

Sunday, April 10

“How Do You Shout Hosanna?”
Luke 19:28-40

Other Sunday Worship Offerings

DiscipleChurch

8:30 am | Chapel

The Gathering

9:30 am | Sanctuary
Rev. Lance Marshall

eleven:eleven

11:11 am
512 W. 4th St.
Rev. Tom McDermot

Easter Sunday Service

Sunday, April 17

8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am | Sanctuary | Livestream
“Have You Heard Him Speak Your Name?”
John 20:1-18

In the culmination of our Struggles and Stumbling Blocks Lenten season, Dr. Tim Bruster and Rev. Lance Marshall will deliver a message of celebration and gratitude. Spectacular and festive music will feature Choral Union under the direction of Thomas Williams, along with DFW Brass, and Peggy Graff on our magnificent pipe organ. (The Gathering praise band at 9:30 am). Through music, message, and robust congregational singing of our favorite Easter hymns, this very special service of worship will leave you with the soul-stirring glory of Easter and a heart filled with joy.

Other Easter Sunday Worship Offerings

eleven:eleven

11:11 am
512 W. 4th St.
Rev. Tom McDermot

Easter Sunday Parking

800 West 5th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

We are located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth at 800 West 5th Street. All of the parking lots surrounding the church are available for parking on Easter Sunday — please refer to the map for exact locations.

The easiest route to First Church is to take 7th Street and turn into the parking lot, then go straight through the lot until you reach the statue at the end. If you’ll take a left at the statue, you’ll find designated parking places for guests along the first row of our Main Lot marked with green Welcome signs that mark these as Reserved for Church Visitors.

There is also parking available to the east of the church, just off of 4th Street, to the west, just off 3rd street, to the southeast at the corner of 4th and Macon, to the northwest on Henderson from 1st Street to 3rd Street, and to the south off of 7th street.

Look for the colorful light pole banners in each of our parking lots that designate FUMCFW Parking!

Mobility Friendly Parking

  1. If you need a shorter, straighter path to the Sanctuary we offer two options for mobility-friendly visitors. Enter the Justin Parking Lot from 7th Street, proceed straight through the lot toward the front of the church, and park in the designated spots to your right just across from the Garden entrance, but still inside the Justin Lot.
  2. Another mobility-friendly option would be to enter on 7th Street, proceed all the way through the Justin Parking Lot and turn right onto 5th Street (in order to bypass the barricades at either end of Fifth Street) and park on the street (please limit on-street parking to the curb across from the front of the church to leave the other lane open for emergency vehicles.)
  3. Finally, if you will be using a wheelchair, your driver is welcome to pull up to the Garden entrance to let you out and then park on the other side of the street.

Each of these mobility-friendly parking options offers you a straight path across 5th Street so that you can enter the Sanctuary or Wesley Hall through the ramped Garden entrance.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Services

Wednesday, March 2
Noon and 7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Livestream
Rev. Phyllis Barren

Ash Wednesday sets the tone for the entire season of Lent as we are introduced to this year’s Lenten Theme, Struggles and Stumbling Blocks. In each of these services, Rev. Phyllis Barren will share the message that through Christ’s grace, each of these stumbling blocks can transform into constructive stepping stones in our path of discipleship. We will also reflect on our shared human pain of sin and the healing of forgiveness. Choral Union will present meaningful music as we begin our journey through Lent. Services will include the imposition of ashes.

Family Ash Wednesday Dinner and Service

Wednesday, March 2
5:30 pm | Dinner | Third Floor
6:15 pm | Worship | Third Floor
“Why Do We Get Ashes On Our Heads?”

Children will gather for dinner (donations are accepted but not required) followed by a special kid-friendly service in which we will sing songs, participate in many different forms of prayer, and receive the imposition of ashes as we learn about Ash Wednesday and its significance.

Contact: Janice Cooper | jcooper@myfumc.org

Holy Week Worship

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 14
7:00 pm | Sanctuary | Livestream

Rev. Lance Marshall will be delivering our Maundy Thursday message this year during a service of communion.

We will honor the ancient practice of stripping the Lord’s table and sanctuary following communion in a vivid and dramatic way to show the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane and what followed. All cloths, candles, banners, the cross, and the Bible are taken out of the sanctuary and it remains bare until Easter morning.

Family Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service

Thursday, April 14
5:30 pm | Dinner | Third Floor
6:15 pm | Worship | Third Floor
“What Does Maundy Mean?”

In this unique Maundy Thursday service for children, kids will experience a foot-washing ritual, receive Communion, and hear the Bible story as they walk with Jesus on his final night. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Contact: Janice Cooper | jcooper@myfumc.org

Good Friday Service: Jesus’ Journey to the Cross

Friday, April 15
7:00 – 8:00 pm | Sanctuary | Livestream

This year there will be one Good Friday service, held only in the evening. During this moving and sacred Tenebrae worship service, we will remember Jesus’ journey to the cross and the hours leading up to his crucifixion.

Family Good Friday Dinner and Service

Friday, April 15
5:30 pm | Dinner | Third Floor
6:15 pm | Worship | Third Floor
“Why Do We Call It Good Friday?
It Doesn’t Sound Very Good to Me.”

In this very thoughtful Good Friday children’s service, we encourage families to experience together one of the most important, yet challenging, stories of our faith. Offering this story in child-appropriate ways, through scripture and shadow theatre, this service presents the story of Jesus’ final day. Children will receive prayer cords, and families will sing and pray together in this powerful yet peaceful evening service. Donations for dinner are accepted but not required.

Contact: Janice Cooper | jcooper@myfumc.org

SERVE

Being God’s people in the world

Lent Volunteers

Ash Wednesday | March 2 | Noon & 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday |  April 14 | 7:00 pm
Good Friday | April 15 | 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday | April 17 | Ushers at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am worship services
Parking lot greeters from 10:15 – 11:00 am | Registration required

The season of Lent is here — and it’s the PERFECT time to be a part of one of the most beautiful and meaningful seasons at First Church. Beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 2 and ending on Easter Sunday on April 17, there are numerous opportunities for you to be smiling face to let everyone who worships with us know how glad we are they are with us.

volunteer

PLAY

Enjoying the good life God gives

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 16
10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Lyle Lodge
7179 Peden Road | Azle, Texas 76020

Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, a butterfly release — and more! Complimentary sliders, tacos, and pizza will be available from food trucks. In case of inclement weather, please check our website for more information.

Contact: Mary Katri | mkatri@myfumc.org | 817-339-5096

Fun for the Kids on Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 17
8:00 am – Noon | 5th Street

On Easter Sunday, join us for refreshments and a time to visit with old friends and make new ones! Although our usual gathering spot – Wesley Hall –  is under construction, we will have a tent on 5th street with food and fun for everyone in between services. See you on 5th Street!

LEARN

Discovering and understanding who God is

Monday Musers Lent Study: “Witness at the Cross”

March 7 – April 11
Mondays | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Room 340 & 341 | Book available for $15
Registration required

For Lent in 2022, the Monday Musers invite you to join us for the study of Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s book Witness at the Cross (A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Friday).  We will experience Holy Friday from the perspective of those who watched Jesus die:  Mary, his mother; the Beloved Disciple from the Gospel of John; Mary Magdalene and the other women from Galilee; the two men crucified with Jesus; the centurion and the soldiers; Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.  Each Gospel has it’s own story to tell, all the witnesses have their own memories, and every reader will come away with new transformational insights about the Crucifixion of Jesus and what the Cross of Christ means for us today. Books are available in the Main Office.

Contact: Dr. Mike Marshall | mmarshall@myfumc.org

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Lent at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

March 9 – April 13
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Room 350 & Zoom
Led by Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, PhD, Dr. Mike Marshall, and Evve Kuykendall
Registration required | Childcare available

Wednesday Night Series are available for in-person and Zoom participation.

This Lent we are taking a rare chance to get to know Jesus as his first disciples knew him.

What would it be like to journey back to the first century and sit at the feet of Rabbi Jesus as one of his Jewish disciples? How would your understanding of the gospel have been shaped by the customs, beliefs, and traditions of the Jewish culture in which you lived?

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus takes you on a fascinating tour of the Jewish world of Jesus, offering inspirational insights that can transform your faith. We will explore the powerful scenes from Jesus’ ministry, immersing you in the prayers, feasts, history, culture, and customs that shaped Jesus and those who followed him.

If you wish, you could read along with us you can purchase the book on amazon.

Contact: Rev. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, PhD | zgurina@myfumc.org

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PRAY

Talking and listening to God’s direction

Lenten Devotional Podcast

March 2 – April 14, 2022
Daily | 9:00 am | Soundcloud

Please join us each day as we focus on and acknowledge our universal experiences of stumbling blocks and struggles. Through scripture, prayer, and meditation, we will listen and receive God’s grace and peace as we journey on our path of discipleship.

soundcloud playlist

Honor Loved Ones at Easter

March 10 – April 10
$20 | Individual Lilies Available

Easter Sunday morning is always 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 10 and April 10. We’re limiting purchases 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 lilies

GIVE

Putting God first in all things

Easter Offering

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.

Give Read a letter from Dr. Tim Bruster & Rev. Lance Marshall

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