For many churches and Christians across the world, Lent is a special time of preparation for Easter. It is a 40 day time of fasting, giving up something, to remind one of the suffering Jesus went through on His way to the cross. Jesus' time in the wilderness is the basis for the 40 days of Lent.
As a baptist church, we don't put an emphasis on Lent like many of our liturgical brethren. Sometimes, that is a tragedy for miss out on so much prior to Easter. We plan and prepare for Christmas and even light Advent candles during our service. But, what do we do for Easter? Not much, outside of dressing up in fancy or new clothes and bring family to church.
This year Parkland First Baptist Church will prepare ourselves for Easter by holding a weekly time of remembrance similar to a Tenebrae service. A tenebrae service in liturgical churches is usually held during Holy Week on Thursday or Friday. In that service, candles are extinguished following a reading from the Passion story with the last candle, representing Christ, blown out. It is relit on Easter morning proclaiming the resurrection.
As during the Advent season where we lit candles leading up to Christmas, this year we will extinguish candles leading to Easter. Our hope as we reflect on the road Jesus went down on His way to the cross and then triumphantly to His resurrection will cause us to pause and ponder what Easter means to each of us personally.
Come join us for the next six weeks and experience a life changing time. We meet each week at 10:00 AM.