Lent is a solemn religious observance that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers the nearly seven weeks (40 days, not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of preparation and reflection through prayer, self denial, and repentance.
Online services & Events
Lent Hymn Sing
Wednesday, February 24th | 6:00pm | via Facebook LIVE
Lent Hymn Sing
Wednesday, March 24th | 6:00pm | via Facebook LIVE
Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 1st | Times TBA
Good Friday Service
Friday, April 2nd | Times TBA
Sunday, April 4th | Times TBA
Church-Wide Lenten Study
By: Susan Robb
Wednesdays, starting February 24th | 6:30pm | via Zoom
Led by Rev. Brandon Bures
While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus’ full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus’ last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross.
In Seven Words, Susan Robb looks at the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.
Register using the form below.
Virtual Lenten Bible Study via Facebook Groups
Starting Wednesday, February 17th
We are offering an opportunity to join Donell Seager to journey through the holy season of Lent using Sacred Space for Lent 2021 by The Irish Jesuits, on a virtual platform via Facebook Groups.
Additional Lenten Study Opportunities
A lot of our established classes and groups are participating in an online Lenten Study. Fill out the form below to inquire about one of the various studies that our classes are using and how to get connected!
‘Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent‘
By: Max Vincent
For too long Lent has been thought of as a season of self-sacrifice and discipline that sounds to many Christians like a list of spiritual chores. Lenten disciplines become the spiritual equivalent of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, be healthier, or practice better money management. These promises are easily made and often quickly broken, leaving us feeling like we do not measure up to what we should be.In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul joyfully turns to spiritual practices that draw him closer to God amid persecution and imprisonment. These practices keep Paul connected to a sense of God’s power and presence. Joy flows from Paul and becomes a vital part of his relationship with the Philippians.
Because of This I Rejoice is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives.
The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith. But what exactly did Jesus do to save us from our sins? Why was the cross necessary, and what does it mean for us today? In Savior: What the Bible Says About the Cross, Magrey deVega faithfully describes the need for reconciliation between humankind and a holy God through Jesus’ death on the cross. The Bible uses many images to understand the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and deVega guides us through these images to achieve a richer understanding of the Christian faith. By exploring the mystery of salvation through the cross, we can deepen our love for God and others and strengthen our commitment to follow Jesus
By: Susan Robb
While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows his deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus’ full humanity draws us closest to him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words, that his deep trust in the Father and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus’ last words from the cross will discover what he most wants them (the world) to hear and will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near his cross. In Seven Words, Susan Robb looks at the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. The book brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.
’40 Hours with Jesus’ – hosted by WOW (Women on the Word) Class
Written and Led by Drexel Gilbert
Several years ago I decided to fast one hour of “time” a day during the 40 days of Lent and to spend that hour “with Jesus” in a church-type setting. My journey took me from cathedrals to church sanctuaries to hospital chapels to a woodlands altar. The insights I gained from that time were life-changing and were originally chronicled in my blog series “Chapel A Day”. This Lenten study is compiled from 3 years of Lenten “time fasting.” It is in a daily devotional/study format and the booklet includes space for each class participant to chronicle her own daily thoughts, prayers and insights.
If you can’t find the time to take a class or just prefer to study on your own, here are a few suggested studies:
Drive by Journey to the cross
Sunday, March 7 | between 4:30 – 5:30pm | Church Campus
You can see the story of Jesus’ Journey to the Cross unfold right from your car on this 10 minute adventure! You’ll be able to play a special audio for the scenes from a connected mobile device. Additional directions and information will be given upon arrival.
Ways to serve during lent
Greater Works Service Day
Saturday, February 27th | 8:00 am
Join your church family as we go out to serve those in need in our community. This ‘Covid-friendly’ event will begin with a socially distanced, outdoor worship time. Groups will go out to their designated (outdoor) assignments to help the poor, the needy, the elderly, the lonely and the lost.
Additional Serving Opportunities during Lent
Below are some additional ways you can serve throughout Lent. Days and times vary, so sign up to receive more information!
Serve a Senior
Show some love and kindness to a Senior adult by baking cookies, helping with yard work, taking a meal, sending a card, etc. You will be contacted with more information after sign-up. SIGN UP TO GET MORE INFO.
Pensacola Disaster Clean Up
Several people still need work due to Hurricane Sally damage. Work includes yard clearing, tree trimming, tarp installation, etc. You will be contacted with more information after sign-up. SIGN UP TO GET MORE INFO.
Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Drop
Feeding the Gulf Coast always needs help packing food boxes, taking client information, and directing traffic. You will be contacted with more information after sign-up. SIGN UP TO GET MORE INFO.
Serving The Hungry
Volunteers are greatly needed for our Serving the Hungry program on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00am – 1:00pm for cooking and serving as well as second and fourth Tuesday from 9:00am – 11:00pm for unloading food delivery. Volunteers with large vehicles are also needed to pick up food in Milton to deliver to church. Masks and closed toe shoes are required. SIGN UP TO GET MORE INFO.
Volunteer with our Delivery Team to take casseroles, cookies, flowers, groceries, prescriptions, etc to those in our congregation that need it most. SIGN UP TO GET MORE INFO.
If you are homebound and would like to request a printed version delivered to you, contact Jennifer Piver at JPiver@FUMCPensacola.com.
We invite you to continue to journey through the season of Lent with using our Lenten Devotional. These weekly devotions have been thoughtfully and prayerfully written by lay people at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola to foster a deeper understanding of this time of year. Each devotional will focus on one of 5 spiritual disciplines; serve, study, pray, fast, and give. In addition to the meditations, there are daily readings. We encourage you to sit, pray, and reflect as we prepare our hearts for renewal in Christ Jesus. Click on the link below to view the digital Lenten Devotional, Meditations for Lent.