Lenten Focus: The Gospel of John
Our Lenten theme this year for preaching and study in the churches of the South Hills Partnership is the Gospel of John.
As anyone who’s read John can tell you, this Gospel is very different than the other three. It is the “spiritual gospel,” the gospel of the Word made Flesh, and the gospel of light and life.
Its portrait of Jesus is uniquely beautiful, demanding special focus and reflection.
That is why, in addition to preaching on John on Sunday mornings, we’re encouraging members of our churches to read through John for themselves during Lent and to plan to attend the Beyond service at Spencer UMC at 7 pm on Thursday evenings for an in-depth look at Adam Hamilton’s study, John: The Gospel of Light and Life.
Copies of this book will be available for a cost of $12.
Lenten Prayer Service
According to Christian tradition, Lent is a time of self-examination and repentance, a season of prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and a moment fit for reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.
This Lent of 2017, we will hold a time for prayer, meditation, music, and reflection in the sanctuary of Carnegie UMC (415 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106) each Tuesday evening beginning at 7 pm.
All are welcome to join us for a short but meaningful Lenten prayer service.
Ash Wednesday Service, March 1st
Fairhaven UMC (2415 Saw Mill Run Blvd, 15234) will host our Partnership-wide Ash Wednesday service at 7 pm.
Before the service, there will be a community dinner at 6 pm of soup, bread, and desserts.
We welcome contributions of soup (in a crockpot, please!), bread, and tasty desserts. Please Fairhaven UMC at 412-882-2544 with questions. Please join us!
Holy Thursday Service, April 13th
There will be a special foot-washing and Communion service at Spencer UMC (117 Spencer Ave, 15227) at 7 pm, commemorating the night when Jesus Christ gave himself up for us all.
This is a powerful, moving service that you don’t want to miss.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 14th – 7:30 pm at Spencer Church
A Baked Fish Dinner will be served at 6 pm. (Good Will Offering) Please RSVP (for count only).
A service of Scripture lessons, music, candles and darkness at 7:30 pm.
Mid-Week Ecumenical Luncheon
Carnegie UMC will be participating in community Lenten services this year at St. John Lutheran Church (601 Washington Ave, Carnegie PA 15106).
Worship begins on Wednesdays at noon, with a luncheon following the service at 12:30.
Pastor Matt will be preaching for the service on Wednesday, March 22nd. All are welcome to attend.
Please stay alert for other opportunities for prayer, Bible study, and service throughout this holy season of our faith!