This Lent we will journey through the Miracles of Jesus from the calling of the first Disciples to the Empty Tomb. We will empty ourselves and prepare our own hearts for the miracle of transformation.
We can learn from these miracles, performed 2,000 years ago, and we believe these stories can still change hearts and lives today. Each miracle contains a life lesson that can lead to personal transformation – acknowledging that when we open ourselves to the touch of God’s love, we can experience renewal and changed lives.
In this season of formation and preparation, we again approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this journey, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts.
There is no better time than Lent to consider transformation. Lent is traditionally a time of letting go – of old burdens, things or ways – and embracing a renewed spirit through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The worship series, led by Pastor Laura, starts on Sunday March 3 and concludes with the “Miracle of the Empty Tomb,” celebrating the Resurrection, on Easter Sunday. Worship with us Sundays, at 10 a.m.
- March 3 – Transfiguration Sunday
- March 10 – Lent Week One: “The Miracle of Disciples”
- March 17 – Lent Week Two: “The Miracle of Healing Transformation”
- March 24 – Lent Week Three: “The Miracle of Feeding” (Guest preacher Juel Nelson)
- March 31 – Lent Week Four: “The Miracle of Overcoming Death” (Miracles Everywhere Commitment Sunday)
- April 7 – Lent Week Five: “The Miracle of Loving”
Holy Week Services
Sunday, April 14 – Palm Sunday @ Hopewell UMC. 10 a.m. “The Miracle of the Passion.”
Thursday, April 18 – Maundy Thursday – Dinner Church @ Hopewell Presbyterian, Pastor Laura co-leading. 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19 – Good Friday Service @ Hopewell UMC – “Meditations in the Dark: An Interactive Prayer Walk for the Community of Hopewell.” 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 – Easter Sunday @ Hopewell UMC. 10 a.m. “The Miracle of the Empty Tomb.” Service to include Children’s Choir, Praise Band, and Hopewell UMC Choir.
There is also a sunrise service at 6 a.m. by the Council of Churches on Easter Sunday at the Highland Cemetery.
Hopewell UMC will participate in the Greater NJ UMC campaign for “Miracles Everywhere” which will support youth, mission outreach and more. The Sunday morning Study Group (9 a.m.) will be using the “Miracles Everywhere” study materials through Lent. Learn how the UMC is changing lives locally and globally.
Hopewell Council of Churches Wednesday Evening Services
Theme: “Empty Bowls”
Ash Wednesday service will be at Hopewell UMC, with Rev. Dennis O’Neill, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, delivering the message. Join the community for a thoughtful reflection and imposition of ashes. 7:30 PM.
Then, every Wednesday March 13– Apr 10, there will be a soup supper at 6:30 pm, followed by the service at 7:30 pm. See chart below for dates/locations/speakers.
|3/13||Hopewell Presbyterian||Rev. Laura Steele|
|3/20||St. Alphonsus RC Church||Representative from Second Calvary Baptist Church|
|3/27||Second Calvary Baptist Church||Representative from Hopewell Presbyterian|
|4/10||Hopewell UMC||Fr. Mike Walsh|
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, Apr. 27 – Empty Bowls Dinner @ Hopewell Presbyterian. A Council of Churches Community Fundraiser for Hunger Ministries. More details to come.