Lent and Easter at OSLC!

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The burning of the palms, Transfiguration Sunday 2017.

Preparing for Lent: TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
We celebrate Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop.
February 11, 2018,
at 10:15AM
Join us for a service of Word and Table as we bury our “alleluias” (come and see!) for Lent. Stay after worship for the burning of the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday service (which make the ashes for Ash Wednesday) and some sugary treats! 

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crossprayersLENT
A Season of Refocusing, of Turning Around and Trying Again
Lent mirrors Jesus’ forty days of being tempted in the desert, and the first Sunday in Lent always celebrates that story.

You’ve probably heard of people “giving up things” for Lent — and you’re welcome to do that too! Give up chocolate, meat, being negative – anything you want! – that reminds you that this is a special season where you can get a fresh start with a little focus. Alternatively, you can also take something on – a time of prayer, a time of exercise, anything. Or you can just join us for worship – that works, too!

Lent begins every year on Ash Wednesday and lasts for Forty Days.
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This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
We will have a service at 6:30PM where we will hear a sermon, take communion, commit ourselves to the journey of Lent, and receive ashes on our foreheads. The service will last no more than an hour.

You can also join us for Lenten soup suppers: Every Wednesday in Lent at 6:30PM. IMG_0121
Lenten soup supper dates for 2018: February 21 & 28, March 7, 14, 21
Dinner is provided by kind people in the congregation, so come, be our guest!
This Lent, we will be focusing on the Dark Side of theology — what do we mean when we talk about Satan, sin, or human depravity? Why do we need to confess?
Come enjoy, learn, and discuss with us! 

Lent is forty days long and culminates in Holy Week.

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HOLY WEEK
We accompany Christ to the cross.
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Good Friday shadow drama, 2016.

You’ve heard the story of Jesus – but have you lived it?

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Palm Sunday, 2017.

Palm Sunday (March 25, 2018) begins Holy Week. Our celebration will begin at 10:15AM and include lots of palm waving and coat laying (you’ll see)!

The Triduum (“Three Days”) Service at the end of Holy Week is observed, as the name indicates, over three days.

Though we most certainly go home at the end of each part and gather again the following evening, we do not officially dismiss one another until after Easter Vigil.

Join us for this life-altering journey as we accompany Christ from the Last Supper table, to the Garden to pray, to the cross, to the tomb – and out of it!
Maundy Thursday: March 29, 2018 – 7PM
A dramatic retelling of the Last Supper through Word, Table, and voluntary foot washing.

Good Friday: March 30, 2018 – 7PM
A remembrance of the crucifixion through word and song.

Easter Vigil: March 31, 2018 – Gathering at 7PM. Worship begins at 7:15PM.
Easter Vigil is a special celebration of storytelling and resurrection that you have to see to believe! This service is specifically tailored to both children and adults. Join us! 
Refreshments and celebration to follow the service.

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EASTER
Fifty days of joy and resurrection
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Easter Vigil celebration, 2017

Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018
The “big day”! Join us at 10:15AM for a service of Word, Table, and celebration!

Miss it? Don’t worry!
We will continue celebrating Easter every Sunday at 10:15AM from April 1 through May 13.

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ASCENSION
The feast of the Ascension happens Forty Days after Easter and celebrates Jesus ascending from a mountaintop. Our Savior’s always celebrates with a hike (or a drive, if that’s more your speed) up Mt. Holyoke for a picnic lunch and a reading of the Ascension account.
Stay tuned for details!
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PENTECOST
We end our Easter celebration by telling the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ ascension. Pentecost (“fiftieth [day]”) ends the Great Fifty Days of Easter.
The color of the day is red – think fire! 
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Pentecost 2017.
Pentecost: May 20, 2018 
Join us for a service of Word, Table, and celebration at 10:15AM. Wear red! 

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