Activities at Bethany
Sunday Worship During Lent
(Sundays at 10:30 am)
We will use a slightly different Order of Worship for Lent – see if you can spot the changes!
Weekly Lenten Gatherings
Thursdays, March 14th at 6 pm in the Social Hall.Through a simple shared meal, worship and discussion, we will explore the challenging and life-giving topic of forgiveness. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our wealth of love and food with others.
(Ends April 11th)
April 14th at 10:30 am
Through music and readings, we will journey in our hearts to Jerusalem. Worship will move us from shouts of Hosanna to the first steps of Holy Week. Also, the large cross will be set up in the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. Next to the cross will be a table with paper, pens and push pins. During Holy Week you are invited to take a moment to write down pain that you are experiencing (no names, please) and pin it to the cross. On Good Friday the pain will be removed from the cross and prayerfully spoken aloud.
April 18 at 6 pm in the Social Hall
“Maundy” often translates as “commandment” - and so we begin worship by remembering Jesus’ commandment to love and serve. We will share a simple meal and communion as we remember how Jesus reinterpreted elements of his meal with the disciples to become what we know as the Lord’s Supper.
After worship and communion, we will go to the sanctuary for a Service of Tenebrae. (Tenebrae often translated as “Shadows”). Seven candles will be lit – and at the conclusion of each of the seven readings that recounts Jesus’ arrest, mistreatment and betrayal, a candle will be extinguished to symbolize the encroaching darkness.
April 19th at 7 pm in the Sanctuary
We will resume worship with a stark service that includes the reading of the Passion and time for prayer. The pain that has been pinned to the cross will be removed and prayerfully spoken aloud. We will leave the bare church, longing to return on Sunday to beauty and good news of resurrection!
April 21st – Sunrise and 10:30 am
Those who want to glimpse the first rays of the New Day are welcome to join us outdoors for a sunrise service. We will continue to celebrate the resurrection throughout the morning with social events and a Festive Easter Service at 10:30 am.