Taizé Lenten Services set for March 1, 15, and 29
Please join us in-person or via Zoom for our Taizé Worship Services, held in Walker Chapel at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays March 1, 15, and 29. This one-hour service of contemplative simple song, Scripture Reading, and prayer is a meaningful way to walk with Christ and each other on our Lenten journeys. If you are not able to join us in-person, the link will be posted on the firstpresevanston.org website shortly before the service begins.
Lent Teaching Series at First Pres – 2023
In keeping with the mission of our church–to know Jesus, grow in him, and make disciples…, — we have been spending 2023 focused on living as one of Jesus’ disciples by knowing him with our head, heart and hands. Our Lenten sermon series moves us from knowing the heart of Jesus to the practical, action-oriented response of serving like him. You can look back at the entire series here. Below is our sermon teaching schedule:
February 22 Ash Wednesday
Text: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Theme: Inhabiting the Practices of Faith
Big Idea: Practicing the way of Jesus calls for obedience from the heart.
February 26 1st Sunday of Lent
Text: Matthew 4:1-11
Theme: The Battle
Big Idea: Jesus succeeds where Adam and Israel failed.
Following Jesus with our Hands
March 5 2nd Sunday of Lent/Communion
Text: Matthew 4:23-25
Theme: The Healing Ministry of Jesus
Big Idea: Jesus went about doing good indiscriminately to Jews and Gentiles.
March 12 3rd Sunday of Lent
Text: John 4:5-42
Theme: Giving Water to the Thirsty
Big Idea: Followers of Jesus share the water of life with all who are thirsty.
March 19 4th Sunday of Lent
Text: John 9:1-41
Theme: From Sight to Insight
Big Idea: The darkness of the man born blind, and the ignorance of the religious leaders is a potent image of the condition of people inside and outside the church.
March 26 5th Sunday of Lent
Text: John 6:1-15
Theme: On Mission with Jesus
Big Idea: A Disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and on mission with Jesus.
April 2 Palm Sunday/Communion
Text: Matthew 21:1–11
Theme: Who Is This?
Big Idea: The most important question demands a clear answer.
April 6 Maundy Thursday
Text: John 13:31-38
Theme: Choices: Betrayal, Denial, and Love
Big Idea: Love conquers the darkness of the human heart.
April 7 Good Friday
April 9 Resurrection Sunday
Text: Matthew 28:1-10
Theme: The Meaning of the Resurrection
Big Idea: The resurrection of Jesus changes everything.
2023 Small Group/Personal Lenten Devotional Prayer Guide
A weekly Lenten Devotional Prayer Guide has been created by First Pres to accompany the current teaching series. These guides offer ideas to consider from each of the sermons scheduled throughout Lent. A series of questions and a prayer example are provided for each week, too.