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 compassionate people made in the image of a compassionate God? Come and explore this in worship each week; be inspired by music that portrays compassion in living color; and consider joining a Lenten group that will provide you with companions seeking to culitvate compassionate hearts. 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.

Lent: Compassion Through Music

Considering Matthew Shepard  
February 25, 7:30 PM, Lied Center. Sponsored by Abendmusik
In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student in Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field. Approaching the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s  tragic death, composer Craig Hella Johnson leads his celebrated Grammy® award-winning choir, Conspirare, in the Nebraska premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard. Tickets at or 402-472-4747.

featuring Nebr. Wesleyan University Choir, The Plymouth Choir & Guest Conductor Anton Armstrong
Good Friday worship service, March 30, 7:00pm at First-Plymouth Church
John Muehleisen’s poignant and moving Pietà addresses, in concentric circles, the sorrow and pain of mothers who lose their sons — the innermost being the death of Mary’s son, Jesus; next the loss of a World War I soldier; and the outermost, our losses today, and the importance of healing and forgiveness worldwide.

Pieta: A Conversation with Composter John Muehleisen (Two Opportunities!)
Wednesday, March 28, 6:45-7:30pm, Mayflower Hall | Good Friday, March 30, 6:15-6:40pm, Chapel
Nationally renowned composter John Muehleisen will share the inspiration behind the poignant Pieta composition that will be performed at our Good Friday worship service.



Daily devotionals written by church members. Copies available at church or download a copy here.

Consider Joining a Lenten Group
February 19-March 25

Join a Lenten group that will provide you with companions seeking to cultivate compassionate hearts and a compassionate world. Listed below are groupw of various times, dates, and locations to suit your schedule and availability. Contact any of the group leaders to let them know you'll be attending and for the exact address. The groups will meet for five weeks starting the week of February 19 for prayer, discussion, and social fellowship during Lent. Additional groups will be posted at

4:00pm    Rev. Jen Davidson | Church: Calvert Parlor |
6:30pm    Charlotte Miller, Sue Clifford, Sally Pollard | Grand Lodge Preserve, 80th & Pioneers |
               Call Charlotte at 531-289-8626 to let her know you are coming so she can buzz you in the door.

11:30am    Rev. Karen Clarke | Church: Calvert Parlor | | Bring lunch.
5:00pm    Bobbi Jensen | Church: Room 207W |
6:30pm    Jean & John Slieter | Fallbrook/NW Lincoln |
7:00pm     Mark & Jayne Sutton | Church: Calvert Parlor |
7:00pm     Joanie Cradick | 53rd & Randolph |

4:00pm    Rev. Nancy Erickson | Church: Calvert Parlor |
5:00pm    The Table (Ages 18-25) | Church: Otis Young Room |
7:00pm    Teresa Harms & Wood Moore | 98th & East O |

10:30am   Jeane Johnson | The Landing, 3500 Faulkner |
7:00pm    Nancy & John Becker | Rolling Hills & Old Cheney |
7:30pm    Tina Walton and Dale Hauptmeier | The Mill, 21st & L |;

6:00pm    Kelly & Shawn Tyrell | S. 27th & Pine Lake | | Potluck

10:00am   Peggy Hart | The Mill, 21st & L |

10:30am    Brenda & Dallas Waggoner & Pat & Allan Smith | FP East, Kloefkorn Elementar, 6601 Glass Ridge Dr |
11:30am    FIVE for 20s and 30s | Church: Art Room |;
New! 5:00pm    Rev. Patrick & Tiffany Messer | S. 27th & Pine Lake | | Family friendly potluck.


Contact or 402-476-7565 ext.239 for more information.