Lent 2017

Lent begins March 1st, with Ash Wednesday, and concludes with Holy Week, April 9-15. We wanted to share some resources for worship, study and practice this Lent as well as what churches around the presbytery are doing this Lent.

We will post Holy Week schedules closer to Holy Week, as churches add Holy Week events to their schedule.


From the PC(USA)’s Lent resources page:

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)

In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.

The PC(USA) is also offering a new curriculum aimed at youth to explore the theology and practices of Lent. Find more information on ‘Pray, Fast, Love’ here, and free downloads available in English and Spanish.

Carol Howard Merritt, a PC(USA) pastor, speaker and writer, has a new book out that is part memoir and part travel guide to healing spiritual wounds. Healing Spiritual Wounds takes you through Carol’s journey of faith, including the hurts and also healing found within. Questions in the book help guide you through your own path toward healing spiritual wounds, and there is a study guide that can be used on your own, or in a group.

LEAD, a ministry organization dedicated to building up, educating and encouraging leaders in the church, offers a wonderful blend of resources each season of the church. Art, devotions and liturgy for church and family use. Check them out here.

Lent Madness is just a little fun for Lent, started by a group of Episcopal priests, and is a “competition” based on the NCAA’s March Madness, pitting saints of the church against each other. Popular voting determines the outcomes, and you learn a lot about the saints of the church along the way. Not just for church history nerds.

Newark Presbytery Lent Schedule

Here are Ash Wednesday and Lenten activities happening in Newark Presbytery.
Contact the churches for more information and to confirm participation in meals or small groups.

Bethel Presbyterian Church
East Orange, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
Wednesday, March 1

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green
Bloomfield, NJ

Lenten Small Groups
Soup and bread meal and lectionary study
5 Sessions:
Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm (March 5 – April 2)
Or –
Thursdays, 12:00-2:00pm (March 9 – April 6)

Central Presbyterian Church
Montclair, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
March 1

Lenten Soup Suppers
Meal, Fellowship and Worship
Thursdays, March 30, April 6 and 13

First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
Caldwell, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
March 1

Grace Presbyterian Church
Montclair, NJ

Ash Wednesday Worship
March 1

Presbyterian Church of Livingston
Livingston, NJ

Ash Wednesday Worship
March 1
12:00pm at Presbyterian Church of Livingston
7:30pm at Livingston United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair
Upper Montclair, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
March 1

Prospect Presbyterian Church
Maplewood, NJ

Ashes To Go
March 1
Maplewood Train Station

Ash Wednesday Worship and Meal
March 1
Soup Supper at 6:30pm
Worship at 7:30pm

United Presbyterian Church of West Orange
West Orange, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
March 1

Wyoming Presbyterian Church
Millburn, NJ

Ash Wednesday Evening Worship
March 1