Lent

Covenant invites you into the season of Lent. This page provides a schedule and short descriptions of the events we will offer during Lent, which starts with three worship services on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and culminates with Easter on April 21. 

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Saturday. These 40 days, an imitation of Christ’s time spent in the wilderness, issue a call for those who follow Jesus to renew our commitment to Him.
Like the strangers in the courtyard who asked Peter if he was “with Jesus” (Matthew 26.69), Lent asks us if we are with Jesus too. During this season, we pause to reflect on that question and prepare for how we might respond. 
 
 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6:     7 a.m. (FE 100), noon and 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary) 
 

Holy Week Services:

Palm Sunday, April 14:     Normal worship times
Monday, April 15:     Noon service and lunch
Tuesday, April 16:     Noon service and lunch
Wednesday, April 17:      Noon service and lunch    
Maundy Thursday, April 18:      Dinners in homes throughout Austin
Good Friday, April 19:      7 p.m. Tenebrae service
 

Easter Sunday Services (April 21):

Sunrise Service:      Patio 6:30 a.m.
Traditional Services:     Sanctuary at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m
Contemporary Services:     FE 200 at 9:30 and 11:05 a.m.

Enneagram Workshop: March 1-2

The Covenant community is invited to explore how we are formed by God through the Enneagram Know Your Number workshop. Space is limited. Regsiter at covenant.org/enneagram.

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that helps identify what motivates us, for better or worse. Master teacher and best-selling author Suzanne Stabile will guide participants through the workshop at Covenant from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the workshop, Suzanne introduces the nine Enneagram Types and reviews them in detail.

Enneagram Book Club

For participants of the Enneagram workshop who are not part of another small group who would like to meet regularly to discuss the enneagram, Jon Wasson will lead a discussion based book club on Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram. The bookclub will start on Wednesday, March 13. Contact Kathryn Sedberry for more information. Sign up here. 

Ash Wednesday: March 6

Ash Wednesday officially kicks off the Lenten season. Covenant will have Ash Wednesday Services at noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Ashes will also be imposed at the Wednesday Morning Prayer service, which takes place at 7 a.m. in FE 100. A light lunch will be served at the noon services and Covenant’s regular Wednesday night dinner will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in FE 200.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 14:     Normal worship times
Monday, April 15:     Noon service and lunch
Tuesday, April 16:     Noon service and lunch
Wednesday, April 17:      Noon service and lunch    

Resurrection Scavenger Hunt: April 10

Families of all ages are invited to participate in Covenant’s annual Resurrection Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, April 10. Drop in to Eaton Hall anytime between 5:30-7 p.m. to begin the hunt - this is not a timed event! Families will visit 11 stations throughout the campus to hear the Passion story, collect a resurrection egg set and decorate an egg carton. Volunteers to share scripture and man stations are needed. For more information or to volunteer, contact Deon Wright at deonkwright@gmail.com

Maundy Thursday Fellowship: April 18

On April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., Covenant members and friends will meet in homes throughout Austin for an evening of fellowship, a potluck meal and communion as we remember Jesus’ last evening with His disciples. These will be informal gatherings for the whole family. A few homes will be designated for preschool/elementary families. Sign up online coming soon. This is sure to be a meaningful time together with our Covenant community. Contact Kathryn Sedberry

Good Friday Tenebrae Service: April 19

Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It is called “good” because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Covenant marks this day with a “Tenebrae” service. Tenebrae is Latin for darkness. The service is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. As the service proceeds, the room changes from light to darkness until all that remains is the Candle of Prophecy. Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir, GraceNotes Ensemble and a string quartet will provide music for Friday's service.

 

 


“We must be prepared to give up some things if we intend to get things that are even more important.”

-Joan Chittister
 

For centuries, Christians have practiced the discipline of fasting during Lent. Fasting is an act of imitation of Christ’s own 40 days in the wilderness, where he met the temptations of greed, idolatry and power with the power of the Spirit. This holy experience must be what the author of Hebrews referred to when reminding us that He was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.

Fasting does not need to be limited to food or drink. You might consider fasting from your current diet of social media or from your attachment to technology. Whatever you decide to “give up” for Lent, remember that the purpose of fasting is to create more space in your life for the more important things God might have for you during this season.

If you’ve never fasted for Lent before, consider these reasons for engaging this practice.  

  1. Fasting is an expression of our whole person in response to God’s grace. Fasting reminds us that our bodies (and what we do with them) matter just as much as our souls to God.
  2. Fasting teaches us that we are dependent creatures. We are not the author of our own lives. Just as we depend upon food and water to sustain our physical bodies and keep us healthy, we also depend upon the Spirit of God to lead us into the life that really is life (I Timothy 6.19).
  3. Fasting interrupts our patterns of self-satisfaction and self-indulgence. There is more to our lives than getting what we want.
  4. Fasting helps us practice saying no to ourselves. In a world of self-gratification, saying no to our desires enables us to better obey Christ’s call to deny ourselves and follow him.
Sunday Worship Times

Traditional Service
8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Sanctuary

Contemporary Service
11:05 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Office Hours
Covenant Hall is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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