LENT began in the early church as a time to prepare new converts for Baptism on Easter. By the mid-fourth century, it became the 40-day period (not counting Sundays) we now observe. The word “Lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word that means “spring.” For God’s people, the season before Easter is the springtime of the soul–a time of self-examination, repentance, and preparation for Jesus’ resurrection. Throughout Lent, the color hung over West Side’s lectern is purple, representing passion, penance and anticipation.
LENTEN DEVOTIONALS Stay close to the Lord through Scripture and prayer during this Lenten season. Lenten devotionals are available at the Information Center. If you would like to go online to receive one each day by email, we suggest www.iLent.org.
ASH WEDNESDAY (February 14)—Worship at 8:00am and 12:00pm
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is a day of fasting and prayer and a time when we confess the sin that entangles us. As far back as the third century, ashes were worn on the body as a visible sign of sin and a public request for forgiveness.
West Side is providing two Ash Wednesday services, the first at 8:00am and another at 12:00pm. These 30-minute services offer contemplative space for prayer, repentance, and The Imposition of Ashes. All are welcome. Nursery care will be available at the 12pm service.
PALM SUNDAY (March 25)—Worship at 10:00am
Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, celebrates the triumph of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Riding a donkey (a cultural sign of peace), He was hailed with palms and cloaks placed on the road, both things done for kings at the time.
MAUNDY THURSDAY (March 29)—Worship at 7:30pm Communion and Tenebrae
The Thursday before Easter has traditionally been called Maundy Thursday. The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment.” Jesus gave his disciples at their last supper together the command to love one another as he loved them. We remember this last supper as the event when Jesus instituted Holy Communion. West Side’s Maundy Thursday worship is a particularly spiritual experience and includes communion and a Tenebrae service. Our church lighting is progressively extinguished to reflect that the Light of the World was leaving it through agony and death.
GOOD FRIDAY (March 30)
This day is a worldwide commemoration of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross. Many will voluntarily fast, be silent for 3 hours to represent the time Christ was dying on the cross, or hold vigil until early Easter Sunday morning to commemorate His sacrifice.
SEDER DINNER (March 30)—6:00-8:00pm
Join our WSPC family to celebrate Christ, the Lamb, at our Christian Passover feast.
EASTER SUNDAY (April 1)—Worship at 8:15am and 10:00am
Easter Sunday is the greatest Sunday of the church year, for without the resurrection, everything else would have no meaning. West Side changes the lectern color to white, representing Jesus’ redemptive work. The days of fasting and reflection in Lent are over. The celebration is just starting! Invite a friend or family member to join you!