2015 Lenten Services

Prior to our Wednesday Lenten services (February 25 to March 25) a light meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the dining room (see menu below) followed by the service at 7:00 p.m. in the Toney Chapel. (click for schedule)

This year's theme for our Lenten services is "The Servant King"

In the time of Jesus, God’s people were waiting. They were anticipating, yearning for the promised Christ—Greek for Messiah. The word Messiah in Hebrew literally means “anointed one,” pointing to the Old Testament practice of pouring oil over the king’s head. God’s chosen sovereign over His people was anointed with oil. This practice signified the king’s calling to office by the Lord and symbolized God’s Spirit being poured upon him. A very young David, for example, was anointed by the prophet Samuel when God chose him to be king (1 Samuel 16:13).

In the time of Jesus, therefore, God’s people were waiting for a king. A 1,000-year history informed their expectations of a king. After the people were freed from bondage in Egypt, God led them to the land He’d promised their forefather Abraham. Enemies rose up against Israel and conquered them, but the Lord would provide salvation through judges (see the book of Judges). Leaders like Samson were sent to enact justice—that is, to make things right—by conquering the enemies of God’s people.

Yet God’s provision through judges was not enough for Israel. They wanted a king. Their leaders made this request to the prophet Samuel: “But there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19-20.

They wanted a king to imitate other nations and fight their battles. Samuel took this request as a rejection of his leadership, but the Lord revealed the true issue in His word to Samuel: “For they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7.

The Lord was their king. Yet they wanted an earthly king they could see and follow; one to fight their battles. God revealed His patient, steadfast love and grace for His people. And despite their rejection, the Lord granted the request. God provided a king. The first one, Saul, ultimately was rejected by God for his unfaithfulness, but the second king, David, was “a man after God’s own heart.”

David united Israel and defeated the enemies of God’s people in battle. Despite David’s many failures, God made him an astounding promise. 2 Samuel 7:16 reads, “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.” David’s throne would last forever. In other words, one of David’s descendants always would be king of God’s people.

For generations, the line of David sat on the throne in Jerusalem. In 586 B.C., Babylon’s forces destroyed the capital of Israel. Jerusalem’s walls were torn down. The temple was razed. God’s people, including the king, were exiled to Babylon. This is the last we hear of David’s line, but God’s people remembered the promise. And they waited. In the time of Jesus, Rome occupied Israel. God’s people were waiting for a king they could see and follow, one who would bring justice—and make things right. They longed for a king to rule over them like the nations. They yearned for a king to fight their battles.

God once again would reveal His patient, steadfast love and grace for His people. God would send a king. A descendent of David, whom His people could see and follow. A king who would battle for God’s people and make all things right. God Himself was coming. The King would take on flesh and rule God’s people in Jesus. And the way He’d do it was going to take God’s people—and the world—by great surprise.

February 25 - King of Israel - John 1:43-51

March 4 - King by Force - John 6:1-15

March 11 - Are You King of the Jews? - John 18:33-40

March 18 - A Crown Fit For a King - John 19: 1-16

March 25 - The King Enthroned - John 19:17-22

Wednesday Meal Schedule

$3 per person, $12 maximum per family of 4 or more

February 25 - Chicken and noodles with rolls
March 4 - Chili or chili mac with crackers
March 11 - Ham and beans with cornbread
March 18 - Sloppy Joe sandwich
March 25 - Pork BBQ sandwich

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available at each meal.

Beverage choices: iced tea, lemonade, coffee and water