Experience God’s Mercy

Lent is the season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, of prayer, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. The 40 days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring temptation by Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. (Learn more from the United Methodist Church.)

Through the observance of Lent, we can come to understand more fully the sacrifice and triumph of Christ’s death and resurrection.  See our opportunities below for ways you can Connect, Grow, and Serve with us this season, for the good of the city.

Lenten Study: What Makes a Hero?

Austin Harris, Director of Worship Experience, will lead a study for Lent, “What Makes a Hero?” by Matt Rawle. The class will meet February 21st-March 28th (no class March 21st), 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Room L16.

This study explores the victorious qualities that we expect out of our pop culture heroes, versus what it’s like to hear the Gospel story of quite a different victory–one obtained through humility, obedience to the cross, and an empty tomb. How does Jesus redefine what it means to be a hero? A study guide is not required, but available is if you would like one. Cost is $12. Please sign up on our Church Connection Portal.

Lenten Study: 24 Hours That Changed The World

If you normally worship at our 9:30 a.m. Sunday service, you might be interested in joining the the 10:45 a.m. Sunday Study Group as they dive into “24 Hours That Changed the World,” by Adam Hamilton. The study uses a book and DVD to explore Jesus’ final hours. Although this study group is geared towards those who worship at the 9:30 service, all are welcome. This class will meet in Rm 106 at 10:45 a.m., February 11th-March 18th. Email Tiwana Whitten, Director of Adult Discipleship, with questions. 

Please sign up on the Church Connection Portal.

Lenten Devotions In Your Inbox

The 2018 Lenten Meditation Booklet, written by members of Topeka First United Methodist Church, will soon be available to pick up at church. The booklet contains a devotional written by a church member, a Bible verse, and a prayer to read each day during Lent. This year, we are also offering the opportunity to receive each day’s devotional in your email. You would get one Lenten Devotional email per day between February 14th (Ash Wednesday) and April 1st (Easter). To sign up for the emails, please email Tina Boles. Receiving these emails is completely optional, so you will not receive these emails if you do not sign up for them.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which is the time of reflection and repentance that prepares our hearts for the joy of Easter. On Wednesday, February 14th, we are offering two Ash Wednesday worship opportunities:

  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Self-guided time of reflection in the Chapel, including communion and the imposition of ashes. Come and go as you need to, or stay as long as you’d like. This will take the place of Midweek Meditation on the 14th.
  • 5:15 p.m. Worship in the Chapel, including communion and the imposition of ashes. The service will end at about 5:45, when we will serve a light soup supper in the Celebration Room. All are welcome to worship and share this meal.

Why ashes on Ash Wednesday? Watch this video to learn more:

Holy Week

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches, like ours, as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Exploring the events that lead to Christ’s resurrection, and letting their magnitude sink into our hearts, truly helps us feel the power and joy of Easter. We invite you and your friends and family to take part in our Holy Week observances to add fullness to your understanding of Christ’s love for us. Everyone is welcome.

  • Palm Sunday
    • On Sunday, March 25th we will begin Holy week with a celebration of Palm Sunday. Come for an All-Church Pancake Feed at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. At 10 a.m., join us for one combined worship service as we commemorate Jesus’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem by waving palm branches. This begins the journey of the death and resurrection of Christ.
  • Maundy Thursday
    • On March 29th at 5:15 p.m., we invite you to our Maundy Thursday service in the Chapel. On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, Jesus’s final meal with his disciples, during which he gave the commandment to remember what he was about to do for all people.
  • Good Friday
    • On Friday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m., join us in the Sanctuary for a powerful Tenebrae service. Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness.” The distinguishing features of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles and lights following the reading of Scripture passages until the Sanctuary is in darkness. The service focuses on the passion and death of Jesus.
  • Easter Sunday
    • Join us in praise and worship as we savor the gift of Easter on April 1st at 8:15, 9:30, or 11 a.m. Children are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Click here to learn more.

Watch this video to learn more about Holy Week: