Lent at Kearney First UMC
A letter from the pastors, schedule of events, and daily scripture readings
Disciples of Jesus at Kearney First UMC,
At its best, the season of Lent is about drawing closer to God and our best, God-inspired selves. We do this through redoubling our focus on one or more of the time-honored practices through which we participate with God’s sanctifying grace: talking to God through worship and prayer, listening to God through scripture reading, partnering with God in acts of kindness and blessing, letting God’s generous heart grow in us through giving, and sharing the good news of God’s grace with others.
In worship each Sunday, we’ll focus on an aspect of Christian character through some of the Bible’s most indelible figures: Ruth and Naomi, Samuel, David, Solomon, Elijah, and Josiah. Along the way, we’ll discover marks of “Holy Character” as we seek to live in response to God’s grace in the midst of God’s saving history in and for the world. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure to attend the special, weekday worship services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. They’ll be sure to be Spirit-filled, meaningful ways to immerse ourselves in God’s story of salvation.
Each Sunday reading will continue to relate to where we are in our Bible Year Journey. If you haven’t started reading along with the daily lessons, Lent is a great time to start (or catch up). We pastors will continue to host a weekly study on Tuesdays at 6pm in the Friendship Room that’s always open to anyone. If you’d like to participate in a group study of the weekly readings for Lent, please let one of us know.
Finally, during this season, we have two further invitations. First, please devote a special time each day to pray for God to use you as a means of grace for someone else. Perhaps this prayer is like this: “God, help me be an instrument of your blessing for someone else today,” or, “God, open the door for me to share something of my deep faith in you with someone (maybe a particular person) this season.” Then, second, after praying in one or both of these ways for the season of Lent, invite at least one person to attend Easter worship with you.
Through these practices, we believe that God will deepen our faith, enrich our hope, and multiply our impact upon our families, our neighborhoods, and our community. May the peace of Christ, which passes all understanding, abide with us this season as we prepare to proclaim, “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
Peace be with you,
Matt Fowler, Senior Pastor Seungli You, Associate Pastor
Lenten Worship Services & Events
March 6 - 1st Sunday in Lent - Ruth 1:6-22 - Loyalty
March 13 - 2nd Sunday in Lent - 1 Samuel 3:1-21 - Attentiveness
March 20 - 3rd Sunday in Lent - 1 Samuel 16:1-13 - Character
March 27 - 4th Sunday in Lent - 1 Kings 3:1-15 - Wisdom
April 3 - 5th Sunday in Lent - 1 Kings 19:1-18 - Hope
April 10 - 6th Sunday in Lent - 2 Kings 23:1-14 – Obedience
Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt following 11:00 am Service
April 14 - Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm – Highs and Lows of Holy Week
April 15 - Good Friday – 7:00 pm – It Is Finished
April 17- Easter Sunday – Mark 16:1-8 - Resurrection
8:00 am Traditional Worship Service
9:30 am Modern Worship Service
11:00 am Traditional Worship Service
Lenten Scripture Readings
2 - Judges 3:7-5:31
3 - Judges 6:1-8:35
4 - Judges 9:1-12:15
5 - Judges 13:1-16:31
6 - Judges 17:1-21:25
7 - Ruth 1:1-2:23
8 - Ruth 3:1-4:22
9 - 1 Samuel 1:1-3:21
10 - 1 Samuel 4:1-7:17
11 - 1 Samuel 8:1-12:25
12 - 1 Samuel 13:1-15:35
13 - 1 Samuel 16:1-17:58
14 - 1 Samuel 18:1-20:42
15 - 1 Samuel 21:1-24:22
16 - 1 Samuel 25:1-28:25
17 - 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
18 - 2 Samuel 1:1-4:12
19 - 2 Samuel 5:1-7:29
20 - 2 Samuel 8:1-10:19
21 - 2 Samuel 11:1-14:33
22 - 2 Samuel 15:1-19:43
23 - 2 Samuel 20:1-24:25
24 - 1 Kings 1:1-4:34
25 - 1 Kings 5:1-8:66
26 - 1 Kings 9:1-11:43
27 - 1 Kings 12:1-16:43
28 - 1 Kings 17:1-19:21
29 - 1 Kings 20:1-22:53
30 - 2 Kings 1:1-8:15
31 - 2 Kings 8:16-10:36
1 - 2 Kings 11:1-13:25
2 - 2 Kings 14:1-17:41
3 - 2 Kings 18:1-21:26
4 - 2 Kings 22:1-25:30
5 - 1 Chronicles 1:1-9:44
6 - 1 Chronicles 10:1-12:40
7 - 1 Chronicles 13:1-16:43
8 - 1 Chronicles 17:1-22:1
9 - 1 Chronicles 22:2-27:34
10 - 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30
11 - 2 Chronicles 1:1-5:1
12 - 2 Chronicles 5:2-9:31
13 - 2 Chronicles 10:1-13:22
14 - 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
15 - 2 Chronicles 17:1-20:37
16 - 2 Chronicles 21:1-24:27
17 - 2 Chronicles 25:1-28:27
18 - 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33
19 - 2 Chronicles 33:1-36:23
20 - Ezra 1:1-3:13
21 - Ezra 4:1-6:22
22 - Ezra 7:1-10:44
23 - Nehemiah 1:1-4:23
24 – Nehemiah 5:1-7:73
Lenten Missional Offerings
Growth in our relationship with God is God’s primary way of blessing others and transforming the world. As we focus on our relationship with God through our practices during this season, we have a tradition of also focusing on where our gifts and abilities can intersect with the deep needs of those in our community. To this end, the Finance Committee of Kearney First invites us to practice generosity through missional giving through the church, over and above our regular giving to Christ’s mission through Kearney First UMC.
Please prayerfully consider giving to one or more of these missional ministries through this season’s missional offering. You can use the enclosed envelope or give online through the website or the mobile app. You may designate your missional giving to a particular ministry. Undesignated gifts will be distributed to each of the missional partners, which are described below.
Compass | goal: $2,500
This agency provides support, training, and financial assistance to foster families.
Collage | goal: $2,500
This agency offers care and support to men and women who are facing unexpected
challenges associated with pregnancy and STDs.
Youth Ministries of Kearney First UMC | goal: $2,500
Will provide funding for mission trips for the middle school and high school youth.
East Lawn Food Pantry | goal: $2,500
A mission within the church that provides food to those in need in Buffalo County.
You may designate your gifts to any of these ministries using the missional offering envelope. The Finance Committee will distribute undesignated Lenten offering gifts to all missional partners, as well as funds exceeding our giving goals.
Please note the missional offering envelope is only for the Lenten offering, not regular, church ministry giving.
Thank you for your generosity!