Lent at First Presbyterian Church

2021

Sign-ups posted below for all Lent offerings and Easter services.

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THIRSTY? 

We have been traveling through a wilderness for a long time; Lent is just what we need right now.

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God….”  Psalm 42

COME TO THE WATERS…

Streams in the Desert: in Worship

Senior Seeker Labyrinth Lantern Walk
Thursday, March 4th  6:30PM

It’s Lent, and we are on a journey through the wilderness towards the cross. What do we need more than to pray with other pilgrims on the Way? In the darkness of the evening, we’ll lay our burdens down along the path. We will move at our own pace, yet in one Spirit, towards the Light that lies at the heart of all things.   

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Peace Garden Communion and Service for Wholeness 
Sunday March 21st 5PM

For too long, the Table of Grace has been out of reach! Let us break bread together again, and remember what God does with broken things as we pray for our aching world. 

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Maundy Thursday Service and Vigil – Thursday, April 1st
Service begins at 7:30PM, vigil begins at 9PM

Safely distanced in the sanctuary—or at home, yet one body at the foot of the cross, let us keep watch with Christ as he descends into the darkness on our behalf.  The prayer vigil will begin with Senior Seekers in the sanctuary and continue throughout the night in our homes.  

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Sign up for one of the watches of the night: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4daaaa2da0f58-maundy1

Good Friday Cross Walk – April 2nd
The Holy Week pilgrimage, reimagined

Stay tuned for the new 2021 version of this Pottstown Community prayer tradition

Easter Sunday, April 4th – RESURRECTION DAY!

Sunrise in the Peace Garden – 6:30AM

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Service of Resurrection – 8:30AM & 10:30AM In the sanctuary and live-streamed

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Egg Scramble on the Lawn – 11:45AM This can only happen in person! BYOBAM (Bring Your Own Basket And Mask)

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COME TO THE WATERS…

Streams in the Desert: in Oases of Prayer and Study

Praying with the Imagination
Thursdays in Lent, beginning Feb. 25, 7:30 – 8:30PM

Spiritual Director Amy Shutt will guide us in prayer that opens our imagination to the work of the Spirit.  Amy will send the link to participants.

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Loving our Neighbor:  Listening to Learn 
Thursdays in Lent, beginning Feb. 25, 7:30-8:30PM

Jesus commands us to love our neighbor, and we believe that means we should aspire to celebrate the rich and full diversity of all God’s children.  But we often struggle to do that.  Love of our neighbor begins with listening to our neighbors.  Join us as we listen to diverse personal presentations – both from people we know and from brief videos.  Then we will listen to one another in conversation.

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Peregrinatio: Seeking our Place of Resurrection

Spiritual Director Amy Shutt will be offering material for your contemplation and prayer life circling around the topic of “Peregrinatio – Seeking Our Place of Resurrection”.

Peregrinatio is a Celtic practice best described as wandering for the love of Christ. It is similar to the idea of pilgrimage, however without a particular destination in mind. Irish monks would place themselves in a small boat, called a coracle, and launch themselves into the currents of the sea, trusting themselves to God’s care, believing they would land in another place, ordained by God, where their gifts were most needed… their place of resurrection.

Each week, during Lent, Amy will email a handout with suggested scriptures, phrases and poetry for your contemplation. A prayer form/exercise for your use will also be included.

For those who would like to discuss your experiences or observations, an optional facilitated zoom meeting will be scheduled based on participants schedules. Amy will also make herself available to listen if you prefer to meet privately.

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Seeking Balance:  Fairness in Educational Funding
Sunday afternoons, beginning Feb. 21, 4:15-5:15PM, via Zoom

Anyone who is restless to work towards change in the complex issue of fair funding in education is encouraged to join the conversation with people from other Pottstown churches.  Watch for details about the weekly speakers, which include Dr. Myra Forrest, Rep. Joe Ciresi, Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez, among others.

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Jesus’ Short Stories:  Finding Ourselves in the Parables 
With Kerry and Jaylee — Sundays in Lent – beginning February 21st 

Senior High Seekers will gather (safely) in the Community Room on Sunday mornings following worship to dig into and drink from the fresh water of ancient wells, the parables of Jesus.

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Ongoing Bible studies will continue via Zoom

Praying the Scriptures – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30PM with Kerry

Next Week’s Sermon – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30PM with Carter

COME TO THE WATERS…

Streams in the Desert: in Service

Be streams of living water for neighbors stuck in a barren desert.

Al’s Warming Center 

provides shelter, simple meals and connections to other local service agencies to people experiencing homelessness.  

We can help by donating the following:

Sweatpants in adults sizes

Shelf-stable, microwaveable meals or snacks

Checks made out to First Presbyterian with Al’s Warming Center on the memo line

Emmanuel’s Closet

Provides complimentary clothing to children, single parents, families, seniors and those experiencing homelessness in and around Pottstown

We can help by providing the following:

New and packaged socks and underwear for men, women and children

All donations can be placed in the Mission Basket in the church lobby.

Why not join us?  Your soul will thank you.