Lent 2019

March 6th

Ash Wednesday

Tony Sundermeier Preaching

Communion and Imposition of Ashes

12:00 p.m. in the Chapel

7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Choir

Childcare available for both services

Sunday Mornings in Lent

Sermon Series: Speaking Lent

In this sermon series we will explore, claim, and reclaim some of the most significant and common words associated with the season of Lent. As we move through this season, we will spend time on the important vocabulary associated with Lent so we might be prepared for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

March 10th
Speaking Lent: Sin

Genesis 3:1-10 and Romans 3:21-26 

Kate Culver preaching at 8 a.m.

Tony Sundermeier preaching at 9 and 11 a.m.

March 17th
Speaking Lent: Repentance

Zechariah 1:1-6 and Luke 5:27-32

Tony Sundermeier preaching at 8, 9, and 11 a.m.

March 24th
Speaking Lent: Self-Denial

Daniel 10:1-9 and Matthew 16:21-26

Rebekah LeMon preaching at 8, 9, and 11 a.m.

March 31st
Speaking Lent: Almsgiving

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 and Matthew 6:1-4

Tony Sundermeier preaching at 8, 9, and 11 a.m.

April 7th
Speaking Lent: Prayer

1 Samuel 2:1-10 and Matthew 6:5-15

Tony Sundermeier preaching at 8 a.m. ONLY

April 14th
Speaking Lent: Fasting

Jonah 3:6-10 and Matthew 6:16-18

Tony Sundermeier preaching at 8, 9, and 11 a.m.

Special service on April 7th, 11:00 a.m.

100th Anniversary

of the first worship service in our historic sanctuary

On April 7, we recognize and celebrate the 100thAnniversary of the first worship service in our historic sanctuary.  The dedication of our sanctuary took place on April 6, 1919. We will have a dedicated liturgy for the day, diverting from our Lenten sermon series, to mark this special occasion.  We will worship using the similar liturgical elements and songs from that spring Sunday back in 1919.  There will be no 9:00 a.m. service that day – just the 8:00a.m. (Speaking Lent series) and the 11:00 a.m. for the 100thanniversary.

First in Focus Sunday School Series: Speaking Lent – Seven Last Words

In this First in Focus series (9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings across our Sunday school classes), we will consider Jesus’ seven last sayings. Drawing on a rich theological and ecclesial tradition, Jesus’ last words from the cross lead us to a deeper engagement with the season of Lent.

March 17th
Three Hours' Agony: A History of the Seven Last Words
March 24th
Paradise Now: The Last Words of Luke’s Jesus
Luke 23: 34 & 43
March 31st
Are You My Mother?: Family Matters for John’s Jesus
John 19:26-28
April 7th
Men of Few Words: A Single Saying for Mark and Matthew’s Jesus
Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46
April 14th
The “It” Factor: Jesus and the Atonement in John and Beyond
John 19:30 and Luke 23:46

Daily Readings

Daily Devotional for Lent

For those of you interested in daily readings during this sacred season, consider South African pastor Trevor Hudson’s Pauses for Lent.  He offers 40 words for the 40 days of Lent.  Each day focuses on one word, and each meditation comes with a Bible verse, brief reflection and daily practice. Copies available at the Mustard Seed. Contact jbutcher@firstpresatl.org for more information.

You will also have a way to participate collectively with this devotion. Share your perspectives on the Speaking Lent journey by posting daily themed photos on Instagram. Start a new spiritual practice and share your photos. Follow us @firstpresatl and use the hashtag  #lentfpcatl

Holy Week Schedule

April 15th- April 19th

Monday, April 15

12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , Chapel

Isaiah 42:1-10 and John 12:1-11

Connie Lee, Preaching

Tuesday, April 16

12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , Chapel

Isaiah 49:1-7 and John 12:20-36

Leigh Bonner, Preaching

Wednesday, April 17

12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. , Chapel

Isaiah 50:4-9a and John 13:21-32

Jamie Butcher, Preaching

Thursday, April 18

12:00 p.m. Only , Chapel

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 and John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Katie Sundermeier, Preaching

Friday, April 19

12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Choir

7:30 p.m. in the Chapel

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and John 18:1-19:42

Rebekah LeMon, Preaching

Maundy Thursday Dinner and Communion in Homes, April 18

Continuing our long-standing tradition, we will be gathering in various homes across the city for fellowship, dinner, and communion. Sign-ups will take place throughout Lent both on Sunday mornings and online.  We will have homes in Ansley Park, Peachtree Battle, Buckhead, Brookhaven/Chamblee, and Marietta.  We will have a children & family house in Buckhead, and a youth house in Ansley Park.

Easter Sunday, April 21

  • 8:00 a.m. – Chapel
  • 9:00 a.m. – Sanctuary, Choir and Orchestra
  • 11:00 a.m. – Sanctuary, Choir and Orchestra

Speaking Lent: Resurrection  

Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 24:1-12

Tony Sundermeier, Preaching