The Season of Lent at NHPC

The season of Lent (the six weeks leading up to Easter) can be a time for a spiritual focus and spiritual structure in our lives.  Normally our lives are structured around Monday-Friday activities (deadlines, homework, doctor’s appointments) with some brief respites sprinkled in.  Lent can be a time to engage in an alternate structure:  daily prayer, weekly worship attendance, even just regular times set aside for sitting still.

New Hope Presbyterian Church offers special services, gatherings and resources for the season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday, a service to mark the beginning of Lent with readings and optional marking of our foreheads with ashes (read more here).  Our service will be held at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm.

A service for healing and wholeness in our sanctuary at 6:00 pm on March 11.  This service will feature prayers and meditations.  We will pray about the various forms of brokenness in our world:  disease, mental illness, strife and distrust among people.  We will also have an activity for children.  All ages are invited.

Lenten Dinners:  supper in the New Fellowship Hall with a brief devotional activity.  All ages are invited.  Dinners start at 5:30 pm on March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 1.

The PC(USA) 2020 Lenten Reflection and Action Calendar:  available here.

A Lamp, A Sunrise, A Star

Sermon preview for Sunday, February 23

Peter asks the early Christians to be attentive to the Word, just as they would pay attention “to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (from 1 Peter 1:19)

Even the tiniest light can make a difference. Most children who are afraid of the dark need only a small nightlight to comfort them. A patch of sunshine after days of rain can feel like a blaze of light.

Jesus’ light never goes out. Let’s follow Peter’s encouragement to keep that light ever before us.

Sunrise in the NC mountains