From Lent into Easter

Lenten Opportunities 2018

The Lenten season begins this year on February 14, concluding with Palm Sunday on March 25 and our joyous celebration of Easter on April 1. From Ash Wednesday through Lent unto Holy Week, we’ll explore together the opportunities available to us for worship, prayer, and learning during this important time in the church calendar. Come when you can and invite your friends from the wider community to join in!

Join us on Sunday mornings during Lent as we prepare the way of the Lord! Services will be held each Sunday from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM and a second service from 11:15 AM to noon. In addition to Sunday worship opportunities during Lent, ACC offers the following:

Fellowship
Lenten Activities
Holy Week Activities
Easter Sunday
Special Music

 

Fellowship

A Mardi Gras Potluck Dinner will be offered on Sunday, February 11 at 5 PM in Hartman Hall.  Dixie Land music offered by The New Magnolia Jazz Band, food, fun and fellowship.  Sign up via this link

A Seder Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 11.  More details and a sign up form will be provided. 

 


Lenten Activities

Join us on February 14, Ash Wednesday, for a worship service at 7 PM in our Sanctuary. This service will be an opportunity to begin your Lenten experience through worship, music, word, and imposition of ashes.

 

Acton Congregational Church's Ministry team invites you to join us on Tuesdays during Lent, beginning on February 20 and each Tuesday through March 20 from 5 PM to 7 PM for "Open Sanctuary." Come sit in the Sanctuary in prayer. There will be written prayers for those who would like to pray for the church, but all are welcome to come and go as needed and to pray for whatever rests on the heart. There will be candles available to light for a special prayer request.

Our Faith Formation website lists activities for all ages to help in understanding the Season of Lent, which begins with the celebration of Ash Wednesday on March 1:

Ash Wednesday's service will include the imposition of Ashes is a tradition followed by many Christian denominations. Ashes remind us that we came from the dust and we will return to the dust - and they are also a symbol to remind us that Lent calls us back to God and invites us to be more fully the people God has made us to be. Click here to learn more about Ash Wednesday.

The season of Lent offers us the opportunity to "fast" from those things which prevent us from meaningfully reflecting on how we are to be God's people. We are invited to take on practices which help us take a closer walk with Jesus and live in God's way. Click here to read about the season of Lent; on this page you will find information and links to resources and activities to help your family grow deeper in faith as you prepare for the resurrection of our Lord on Easter morning.

Join us on Sunday, March 25 for our Palm Sunday worship services at 9:15 and 11 AM in our Sanctuary.

Holy Week, March 26 to March 30

Each morning from Monday through Friday during Holy Week, lay members of our congregation offer a 30-minute worship experience from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM in our Olmsted Parlor.

The worship leaders this year are:

Monday: Susan Scott
Tuesday: Mark Lauritano
Wednesday: Allen Warner
Thursday: Lynn Hughes
Friday: Tom Lam, with Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Akyeampong serving Communion

A wonderful Maundy Thursday service is part of our tradition at Acton Congregational Church. Our Maundy Thursday service follows the ancient Order of Tenebrae. In remembrance of the Last Supper, we share Holy Communion.  The service begins at 8 PM on Thursday, March 29.

Easter Sunday, April 1

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a one-time event in history, but the final revelation of God in one person, that life and love ultimately win! Services will be held at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM, and we welcome our members and friends, their families, and our visitors.

 

Special Music 

We have beautiful, worshipful, and inspiring music this Lenten/Easter season. Our beloved trumpeters are coming back to enhance worship: Seelan Manickam on Palm Sunday and Tom Duprey on Easter. For Palm Sunday the Senior Choir is singing "Fanfare for Palm Sunday" of Katherine K. Davis and "On the Road to Jerusalem" of Joseph M. Martin; the first piece shows the joy and excitement of the crowd, and the second presages the ironic turn of events in Jerusalem. On Maundy Thursday, the choir will sing Mozart's "Ave Verum" (Hail, true body), a lovely motet written shortly before Mozart's death. On Easter, our trumpeter Tom will join Senior Choir for the "Hallelujah Chorus," and Rachael Gerhard will be the soloist in "Surrexit Christus Hodie" (Christ is risen today) of Samuel Scheidt. We will, of course, sing our favorite Palm Sunday and Easter hymns, accompanied by trumpet and organ. On Easter and Palm Sunday both the 9:15 and the 11:15 services will be exactly the same.