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    9:45am in the Sanctuary


    11:00am in the Sanctuary

    101 E. Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Email: churchoffice@cvillefirstumc.org
    Phone: (434) 296-6193


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Lent is the season when the Bethlehem Star is replaced by the Cross of Calvary. We are invited to experience the Love of Jesus that will go with us into the dust and ashes and dirt of this world believing in the promise of New Life. The light of God's Love that came into this world at Christmas will redeem and restore this world at the resurrection. Christians are encouraged to practice acts of devotion, prayer and self-denial as representations of our willingness to go with Jesus into the darkness of a hurting world in order that it might be raised with him at the Resurrection. This Lent at First UMC, each member of the congregation will be given dirt and a seed in a pot at the beginning of Lent. Keep it at your home or office and care for it and pray over it as the miracle of growth is going on under the ground. Bring the pot back to church on Easter so we can all see the evidence of New Life that is promised in the Resurrection.  Everyone is encouraged to stay connected through the Lenten season by posting/sharing thoughts and images on social media of what is happening, either in yourself or in your potted plant.

2020 Lenten Worship Schedule & Themes

February 26 – Ash Wednesday

Worship Service at 7pm in the Sanctuary
Themes: Confession, Mortality, Sin
Sermon Scripture: Joel 2:1-2,12-17

March 1 - First Sunday in Lent

Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes: Soil, Dirt, Earth, Darkness
Sermon Scripture: Genesis 2:7, 15-17, 3:17-19

March 8 - Second Sunday in Lent

Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes: Seeds, Pollination, Planting
Sermon Scripture: John 12:20-33

March 15 - Third Sunday in Lent

Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes: Cultivate, Plow, Fertilize, Prepare
Sermon Scripture: Mark 8:31-38

March 22 - Fourth Sunday in Lent

Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes: Pests, Damage, Loss
Sermon Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-13

March 29 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes Pruning, Trim, Shape
Sermon Scripture: John 3:15-21

April 5 – Palm Sunday

Magnify Choir Presentation of “We Need A Savior” at 9:30am in the Sanctuary
Themes: Flowering, Ripen, Mature
Sermon Scripture: Mark 15:1-20

April 9 – Maundy Thursday

Living Last Supper with Holy Communion at 7pm in the Sanctuary

April 11 – Holy Saturday

Rise Against Hunger – Food Packaging Event – 9am in the Fellowship Hall

April 12 – Easter Sunday

Ecumenical Sunrise Service at 6:30am on Carter Mountain
Regular Worship Services at 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am
Themes: Harvest, Reap, Gather
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9