The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of "spring."
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance (seeking and receiving forgiveness for one’s sins against God and neighbor) by all Christians. The Scripture readings during Lent, until Passion/Palm Sunday, focus primarily on the meaning of baptism and discipleship, in continuity with the season’s original purpose.
Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). We do not count Sundays because they are always celebrated as little Easters. Sundays remind us of the spirit of repentance in Lent which is tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection. The length of the season is representative of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days.
Be sure to mark your calendar for these activities taking place throughout the Lenten season ...
Lenten sermon series
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Anger, Greed, Lust ... they are all too human and all too personal. We all struggle with each one on some level. Perhaps some are more challenging for us than others. Lent is about repentance and self-reflection, and ultimately a celebration of God’s love for us in spite of our imperfection. Join us at Noblesville First this Lent for a fresh look at the Seven Deadly Sins as we wrestle with each one and journey together.
- February 21 Pride
- February 28 Envy
- March 7 Anger
- March 14 Sloth
- March 21 Greed and Gluttony
- March 28 Lust
- April 4 Easter
Pastor Jerry's Lenten Challenge
Everyone is invited to join Pastor Jerry in a two-meal fast one day each week during the six weeks of Lent. Pastor Jerry skips Friday breakfast and lunch and then eats Friday dinner but everyone is invited to do what best fits in their schedule. The purpose is not to prove anything to God but focus our hearts and minds on God instead of food. Use that extra time for prayer, reflection, reading of scripture or a great book. You might be surprised how a little hunger can bring you into the presence of God.
Social distancing, got you down?
We are here to spread some Easter cheer!
Instead of hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this year, we have provided everything you need for your very own backyard Egg Hunt! Once you've completed your hunt, put your "Egged" flyer on a window or door where others can see it easily.
Now it's your turn to share the Good News, Jesus has risen! Egg a friend's house with the second bag of Easter goodies. Just make sure to "Egg" someone who hasn't been "Egged" before.
Click the link below to sign up!
If you are looking for a chance to help up spread some Easter cheer with our community, we are asking for candy donations. Please bring in non-chocolate candy, stickers, or small toys that can fit inside the eggs. Simply drop them off in the designated basket on Sundays or in the church office during the week. Thank you so much for partnering with us to make this Easter egg-stra special!
Palm Sunday - March 28
Mark the day that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, entered into Jerusalem, welcomed by people waving palm branches. Enjoy Palm Sunday in:
- Traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1) at 8am
- Traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1) at 9:30am
- Family worship in Celebration Hall (Door 2,7) at 9:45am
- Traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1) at 11am
Online worship will continue. Watch traditional worship at 8:30 or family worship at 9:45 worship at NoblesvilleFirst.com/livestream live or anytime or watch with others on Facebook at 8:30 or 9:45 and share in dialogue in the comments section.
Maundy Thursday - April 1
Maundy Thursday marks the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples.
The Sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation from 8:30am-4:30pm (Door 1). There will be recorded music and visuals on the screens, as well as blessed communion elements available. Masks are required and we ask that everyone maintain social distancing.
Pastor Matt Hantelman will lead us in worship online at 7pm, including the sharing of Holy Communion. Be sure to have communion elements of your choice ready at home. Gather on Zoom or watch the livestream from Facebook or on the website at NoblesvilleFirst.com/livestream. The links will be listed here. The Zoom gathering will begin with social time at 6:30 prior to the 7pm worship time.
Good Friday - April 2
Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus and his death on Calvary.
Noblesville First will host a Good Friday Prayer Vigil from 7am to 7pm. Details to come.
Pastor Jill Moffett will lead Good Friday worship at 7pm online and in-person in the Sanctuary (Door 1) and will include time for adoration of the cross and a traditional Tenebrae extinguishing of candles. Watch the livestream from Facebook or on the website at NoblesvilleFirst.com/livestream. The links will be listed here.
Easter Worship - April 3 & 4
We'll be hosting in-person worship as well as an online livestream for Easter Sunday. In an effort to ensure safety for everyone, we're planning multiple shorter worship experiences in hopes of spreading the crowd. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to each worship time. If you arrive at the church early, please wait in your car. Masks are required and ushers will help you find a socially distanced seat.
- Saturday, April 3 - 5:30pm traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1)
- Sunday, April 4 - 8am traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1)
- Sunday, April 4 - 9am family worship in Celebration Hall (Door 2,7)
- Sunday, April 4 - 9:30am traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1)
- Sunday, April 4 - 10:30am contemporary worship in Celebration Hall (Door 2,7)
- Sunday, April 4 - 11am traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Door 1)