Pastor’s Post – February 2016

From the Pastor

Lent and Holy Week We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. in the Levittown sanctuary on February 10.  This will be a welcome moment of reflection and a quiet time together to prepare for the special season of Lent and Holy Week.

During Lent, we will emphasize our relationship to the Old Testament, otherwise known as the Hebrew Scriptures.  These sacred texts make up for more than half the Bible, and our understanding of how we relate to them and use them is a very important part of our faith that we sometimes neglect.

We will kick off a series of Sunday evening sessions on the Old Testament with a guest appearance by Rabbi Marci Bellows from Temple B’nai Torah on February 21.  She will talk with us about how the Jewish community understands their Scriptures and uses them in worship and as a moral guide for life.  This will help us lay a foundation for a clear understanding of our Christian perspective on the Old Testament and how we can draw inspiration and guidance from it.

These Lenten study sessions will be held at Massapequa Church, beginning at 6:20 p.m., following the contemporary service, which runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.   After Rabbi Bellows appearance on February 21, we will meet on the next three Sundays:  February 28 and March 6 and 13.  The specific topics for each discussion will be announced a week in advance.

Our holy week schedule will be as follows:

Palm Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. service at Levittown Church

Maundy Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. service at Levittown Church

Good Friday, March 25, 7 p.m. service at Massapequa Church

Lenten Vigil service, 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow (more info later)

Easter Sunday,  March 27, 10 a.m. Massapequa Church

The contemporary service will be held on both Palm and Easter Sundays at its usual hour of 5:30 p.m.

-Pastor Lou