Lent at Pender

DURING THE FORTY DAYS OF LENT Christians have a special opportunity to engage in “acts of piety” and “deeds of mercy”. These acts do not help us earn God’s favor, but do cause us to focus on our faith in Christ. Thereby, we grow spiritually.

Please consider making a gift to our Easter Offering this year which will support UMCOR Disaster Relief in Ukraine and for the FACETS thermal shelter held at Pender March 27-April 1.

Matthew 5:16-17: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Easter

Recent Lenten Events at Pender
Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

This is a church-wide event. Participants feasted on pancakes, sausage, and the fixings as well as played games.

This activity was held in the Gathering Place.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ash Wednesday is an observance built around the imposition of ashes and not on the proclamation of the Word. The worship team should make sure that the focus is on the ashes and the symbolism that is inherent in them. Even if you don’t actually apply them to the forehead or any part of the body, the ashes can still remind us of our mortality and our human sinfulness. This is essentially a call to the Lenten observance; therefore, it needs to take the center place.

Ash Wednesday: March 2, 2022

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday.

During Pender’s Ash Wednesday service Pastor Will will share a sermon titled “Piety Practice” from the Lenten series “Gathered Up in Jesus” based on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10.

The congregation will be invited to receive the ashes on their foreheads. Pastor Will will dip his finger into the ashes, spread them in a cross pattern on the forehead, and say, “From dust you came and from dust you will return.”

Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The season of Lent is essential for those who truly seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Because a part of what we learn in this time of self-examination is that we are what might be most in need of transformation. We might find that what might need to grow in faith and discipleship is the church and that the transformation of the world begins with building bridges and gathering up rather than with condemnation. We hope you’ll join in with churches around the world as we seek to be gathered up in Jesus.

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022

On Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 Rev. Will White Rev. Will White preached on “The Lord Needs It" from the series “Gathered up in Jesus” based on Luke 19:28-40

April 10, 2022 is the Sixth Sunday in Lent.

Here we are again. We are on the brink of the remembrance of the central event of our faith. Holy Week and Easter shape our understanding of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ more than any other single event. We are, as others have said, Easter people living in a Good Friday world. We are defined by this sacrifice and by this gift of eternity. And it all begins with Palm Sunday..

Gathered Up in Jesus
The season of Lent is essential for those who truly seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Because a part of what we learn in this time of self-examination is that we are what might be most in need of transformation. We might find that what might need to grow in faith and discipleship is the church and that the transformation of the world begins with building bridges and gathering up rather than with condemnation. We hope you’ll join in with churches around the world as we seek to be gathered up in Jesus.

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.

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Palm Sunday Processional

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 10:00 am

We met in the Pender parking lot between the traditional and contemporary services for a time of palm waving, hosanna shouting, singing, and walking together. Kids love a parade!

Our Traditional and Common Ground teams provided music and we were able to enjoy hot cross buns, coffee and fellowship in the Gathering Place after the festivities.

Holy Thursday, Service of Shadows

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Jesus met with his disciples in the “Upper Room” to reveal the mysteries of the Lord’s Supper. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked for them to stay awake as he agonized over the direction to which he had been called. He spoke the truth before the religious elite and Roman rulers alike. Join us for Holy Communion, great music, and singing in a service that ends with a twist, and hope. This will be a joint service featuring our Common Ground and Traditional worship teams.

Jesus met with the disciples in an “Upper Room” to reveal to the mysteries of the Lord’s Supper. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked them to stay awake as he agonized over the direction to which he had been called. He spoke the truth before the religious elite and Roman rulers alike. Join us for Holy Communion, great music and singing, and a service that ends with a twist.

A recommitment to obeying that command is a part of why we gather. We remember Jesus, and we remember his words, and we once again pledge to learn to live by the command. In other words, on this night, we gather and offer ourselves to be gathered up in Jesus by choosing to live by the call to love.

"Tenebrae" is the Latin word meaning "darkness." The service of Tenebrae as practiced in most Protestant Churches is an adaptation of medieval Roman Catholic practices for each of the days of Holy Week dating back to the ninth century. For Protestants, this single service is typically held at night on Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Pender will hold it's Tenebrae service on Maundy/Holy Thursday this year.

For United Methodists and some other Protestants, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus from John’s gospel is divided into 16 readings. After each segment of the story is read, a candle is extinguished. After the fifteenth reading, which confirms that Jesus had died on the cross, the last of the 15 lit candles is extinguished or taken away, and a loud sound (called strepitus in Latin) is made to convey the sense of total loss of God’s presence and the effect of the death of Jesus on the universe. The final story of the burial is read in near darkness.

Worshipers leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the celebration of the coming Resurrection.

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.

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Good Friday

Friday, April 15, 2022

Meditating on the Cross, 6-10am, 5pm-8pm

A prayer walk is an opportunity to quiet our hearts and listen for God’s guidance. We’re providing a wonderful opportunity for this in our church’s sanctuary on Good Friday. In the stillness of either morning or evening, participate in a self-guided worship experience in which you’ll recall the passion of Jesus. Good Friday is a somber time, but it is through the cross that we become one with God through the immeasurable grace of Jesus.

How do you capture this moment in all its horror and glory? How do you communicate the depth of suffering and the height of sacrifice and love that this day represents? The short answer is that you can’t. Not completely. Not in a way that becomes as transformative as we would like. And yet there is so much here that every attempt can bring us something of the day when it is done with sincerity and respect.

An Easter Experience

Saturday, April 16, 2022

This is a family-friendly event with the little ones in mind. Adults and children are invited to walk to Jerusalem along with Jesus. There will be crafts and fun activities that will help the kids understand Easter.

Join us in The Gathering Place rain or shine! The event will run from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Learn about the Seder, Decorate an Easter Egg, Stories of Jesus, Make a "God's Eye", Veggie Tales: "The Night Before Easter", Decorate the Cross and Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane.


Jesus' Journey to Bethlehem

Palm Sunday

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Holy Monday

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Holy Tuesday

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Holy Wednesday


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Holy/Maundy Thursday

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Good Friday

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Holy Saturday

Easter

Easter Sunrise Drama

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Youth Drama, “The Tomb Revisited” Come as our youth lead a fun drama in which they share their belief in the resurrection amidst their doubts. Presented by Pender's Youth Group at 6:45 am.

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.

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12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Easter Sunrise Drama (April 17) at 6:45 am

Easter Breakfast

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Following Easter sunrise service there will be breakfast in The Gathering Place. All are invited to fellowship together as we experience the joy of the risen Christ.

Easter Traditional Worship

Sunday, April 17, 2022

It’s Easter. In many ways, this day plans itself. It forms itself. There are patterns and rituals and traditions to this day that are unique to you and to your congregation. It doesn’t do to disappoint on this day.

April 17, 2022 is Easter or Resurrection Sunday.

And everything changed in that moment. Moment? Event, perhaps. Everything changed with that event. Easter is a new start, a new creation. We didn’t go back to Eden, but the way to the kin-dom of God was opened on that day.

The problem is that not everyone saw it. You know how it is with amazing things. If you didn’t see it, if you weren’t there, it is hard to capture the experience. You’ve tried to share it, you’ve tried to tell your friends or family about this amazing thing that you saw, this amazing music that you heard, this amazing experience that you had. You describe it as imaginatively as you possibly can. You show them the motions, you talk about what happened to you, you relive the moment in front of them. You try your best. And . . . crickets. Then you shrug and say the only thing you can think to say. The only thing that anyone says faced with that lack of reaction: “I guess you had to be there.”

We Are Witnesses
The season after Easter is where we consider what it means to walk with Jesus into eternity. But it is not about life after death, or rather not only about life after death. It is very much about life before death, life in the face of death. It is about life and about bearing witness to a life that resembles a kin-dom existence right here and right now. It is this life, this justice and righteousness, this hope and this glory to which we can say with confidence, “We are witnesses.”

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.

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Join us live at Pender UMC
12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Next Traditional Service Easter (April 17) at 9:00 am

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Come “between the services” for an Easter brunch. This will be provided by volunteers in The Gathering Place. We can’t wait to see you there.

Easter Contemporary Service

Sunday, April 17, 2022

A recommitment to obeying that command is a part of why we gather. We remember Jesus, and we remember his words, and we once again pledge to learn to live by the command. In other words, on this night, we gather and offer ourselves to be gathered up in Jesus by choosing to live by the call to love.

April 17, 2022 is Easter or Resurrection Sunday.

And everything changed in that moment. Moment? Event, perhaps. Everything changed with that event. Easter is a new start, a new creation. We didn’t go back to Eden, but the way to the kin-dom of God was opened on that day.

The problem is that not everyone saw it. You know how it is with amazing things. If you didn’t see it, if you weren’t there, it is hard to capture the experience. You’ve tried to share it, you’ve tried to tell your friends or family about this amazing thing that you saw, this amazing music that you heard, this amazing experience that you had. You describe it as imaginatively as you possibly can. You show them the motions, you talk about what happened to you, you relive the moment in front of them. You try your best. And . . . crickets. Then you shrug and say the only thing you can think to say. The only thing that anyone says faced with that lack of reaction: “I guess you had to be there.”

We Are Witnesses
The season after Easter is where we consider what it means to walk with Jesus into eternity. But it is not about life after death, or rather not only about life after death. It is very much about life before death, life in the face of death. It is about life and about bearing witness to a life that resembles a kin-dom existence right here and right now. It is this life, this justice and righteousness, this hope and this glory to which we can say with confidence, “We are witnesses.”

All of Pender's services are streamed live and in person. Masks are currently optional.

Online Connection Card

Join us live at Pender UMC
12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA US 22033

Next Contemporary Worship Easter (April 17) at 11:15 am


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