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Lent: Compassion

The season of Lent is an ancient and sacred journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. This year at First-Plymouth Church, we will make this journey together using the theme of Compassion as our guide. What does it mean to be a compassionate people made in the image of a compassionate God? Come and explore these questions in a special sermon series on Sunday mornings and in Lenten devotions during Wednesday night worship. Come and be inspired by music that portrays compassion in living color throughout our journey. Consider joining a Lenten group that will provide you with companions seeking to cultivate compassionate hearts and a compassionate world. However you choose to journey through Lent, we are excited to make the journey with you. 


Ash Wednesday

February 14 Noon & 6:30pm

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our journey to Easter as we walk with Jesus through the final weeks of his ministry. This day we remember our own humanity and our need for God through the imposition of ashes made from the palm fronds of last year’s Palm Sunday. There will be two opportunities to receive ashes.

  • Stop by anytime between Noon-1:00pm to receive your ashes in the sanctuary which will be filled with sacred music and readings by our Pastors.
  • Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. This deeply spiritual service will help prepare our hearts for the season of Lent and will be designed for the entire family to worship together. Infant and toddler childcare provided. Dinner will be served anytime between 4:45-6:15pm in Pilgrim Hall ($6 adults/$3 children).

4 Pastors & Compassion: Lent Series

Wednesdays, February 21-March 7, 6:45-7:30pm, Mayflower Hall
Led by Revs. Jim Keck, Barb Smisek, Patrick Messer, and Hollie Schmidt
The origin of the word compassion helps us grasp it's true breadth and significance.  In Latin, ‘compati’ means “suffer with.” Compassion means someone else’s suffering becomes your suffering. True compassion changes the way we live. The Bible is full of compassion. It seeps through the pages of the Old Testament, pours out of the Gospels, and presents itself as a challenge to followers of Jesus. Join the pastors for a three-part study of compassion to include Bible study, a look at other world religions, and how we see compassion demonstrated (or not demonstrated) in today’s society.  

Wednesday Worship During Lent

First-Plymouth invites you to make worship a sacred part of your journey through Lent. Every Wednesday night at 6:15pm, all ages will gather in the sanctuary to open our hearts and minds. Sing, pray the Lord's prayer, hear a Lenten message, and receive communion - all in 30 minutes! Invite the holy into the middle of your week.