The Columns – March 2016

CoverStory

The Easter Season, also known as the Great Fifty Days, begins at sunset Easter Eve and continues through the Day of Pentecost. It is the most joyous and celebratory season of the Christian year. It focuses on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and on the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the first Easter (John 20:22-23) and the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles are often read during this season because the early church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the best witness to the Resurrection. The ancient Christian name for this festival is Pasch, derived from the Hebrew pesah (“deliverance” or “Passover”), thus connecting the Resurrection to the Exodus. The origin of the English word Easter is disputed but may come from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eastre and her festival. Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekoste, which means “fiftieth.” It refers to the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which Greek-speaking Jews called the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1). Early Christians also used the term Pentecost to refer to the Great Fifty Days as a season.

Baptisms, confirmations, and congregational reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant are highly appropriate throughout this season, most especially at the Service of Easter and on the Day of Pentecost. Confirmation at First Methodist will be on Sunday, April 10, at the 11:00 am traditional worship service.

White paraments, stoles, and banners are used during the season of Easter. On the Day of Pentecost red is used. A large freestanding white candle called a paschal candle is used at every service during the season of Easter in some churches.

Make your plans to join the church in worship during the season of Easter, March 27, to the Day of Pentecost, May 15.

Make sure to take part in these opportunities leading up to Easter Sunday
Pig Roast Eggstravaganza – March 13 starting at 11:00AM at Rice Farm
• Palm Sunday – March 20 in Traditional and FaithLink Services (1st Kids Procession of the Palms)
• Maundy Thursday – March 24 at 6:00PM in the Sanctuary
• Good Friday Musical Offering – 11:00AM in the Sanctuary
• Good Friday Service – 12:00PM in the Sanctuary

Stay Up To Date
on opportunities to connect, grow, serve & lead.

• View/Print this month’s events calendar.
• View/Print this month’s connect, grow, serve & lead opportunity descriptions.
• Check out our online events calendar.