Lent 2020

February 26th

Ash Wednesday

12:00 p.m. in the Chapel
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Choir

Rebekah LeMon preaching

Communion and Imposition of Ashes
Childcare available for both services

Sunday Mornings in Lent

SERMON SERIES: Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope

Using the lectionary Psalms for each Sunday in Lent, our sermons will focus on how God is eager to receive not just our songs of joy, but also our songs of lament. Quite often sorrow and hope exist side by side in our worship of God and in the words we use to talk about God. As we prepare for the events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, let these Psalms prompt us to keep both sorrow and hope ever in front of us.

March 1st

Tony Sundermeier preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 32

March 8th

Jamie Butcher preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 121

March 15th

Tony Sundermeier preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 95

March 22nd

Tony Sundermeier preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 23

March 29th

Rob Sparks preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 130

April 5th

Tony Sundermeier preaching
Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope: Psalm 39: 9-16

First in Focus Sunday School Series: Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope

First in Focus Sunday School Series Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope will explore the thought and theology of spirituals, as well as the lived experience of those who wrote and sang them. They capture the Lenten themes of struggle, lament, longing, and hope in powerfully vivid and honest ways. On March 1, a large-group lecture led by church musician and pastor, William Heard, will be in Fifield Hall at 10:00 a.m. From March 8–29, participants will discuss select spirituals and Bible passages in small groups or existing Sunday school classes. The series will conclude April 5 with a combined session in Fifield Hall with Rev. Dr. Chris Holmes.

First in Focus Sunday School Series: Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope

First in Focus Sunday School Series Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope will explore the thought and theology of spirituals, as well as the lived experience of those who wrote and sang them. They capture the Lenten themes of struggle, lament, longing, and hope in powerfully vivid and honest ways. On March 1, a large-group lecture led by church musician and pastor, William Heard, will be in Fifield Hall at 10:00 a.m. From March 8–29, participants will discuss select spirituals and Bible passages in small groups or existing Sunday school classes. The series will conclude April 5 with a combined session in Fifield Hall with Rev. Dr. Chris Holmes.

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
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Daily Readings

Daily Devotional for Lent

Duke Professor Luke Powery’s, Were You There: Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals, offers 40 days of prayer and scripture tied to the lyrics of the spirituals. Copies available in The Mustard Seed. 

Contact jbutcher@firstpresatl.org for more information.

Holy Week Schedule

April 6th – April 10th

Monday, April 6

Available by 7:00 a.m.
Tony Sundermeier preaching

Tuesday, April 7

Available by 7:00 a.m.
Rebekah LeMon preaching

Wednesday, April 8

Available by 7:00 a.m.
Jamie Butcher preaching

Thursday, April 9

Available by 7:00 a.m.
Tony & Katie Sundermeier preaching with virtual Communion

Friday, April 10

Available by 7:00 a.m.

All pastors

 

Easter Sunday, April 12

Empty Churches. Empty Tomb. Full Hope.

Tony Sundermeier preaching

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