Lent and Easter 2018

Lent & Easter

During Lent, we prepare our hearts for Easter and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

An Invitation to Lent

Pastor's Message

In the early Church, Lent was a time of preparing converts for baptism and membership in the community of faith. It was a season of self-reflection, repentance, fasting, prayer, and spiritual preparation. For those who had struggled in their faith, Lent was a time to reconnect with God and the body of Christ.

As we journey through this holy season, I invite you to join us for some of the many opportunities that we offer at Birmingham and Berkley First to strengthen our connections to God and one another. Whether you join us for worship on some of the most sacred days of this season like Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, sign up for one of the many groups that offer our Lenten study, serve others through one of our many mission opportunities, or gather together with us for soup, prayer and communion on Wednesday evenings, I pray that Lent might be a holy time for you on our journey towards the joy that is Easter, resurrection, and new life in Jesus Christ.

I look forward to what God has in store for us and for our world as we worship, study, pray, and fellowship with one another in this sacred season of the year. May God’s Spirit work among us to lead our communities to a life-giving Easter.

Elbert Dulworth
Senior Pastor

Ash Wednesday Worship

Birmingham First

7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,
4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Prepare your hearts and minds for Lent. Each 30-minute service is open to anyone who would like to attend and includes hymns, a meditation by Rev. Shawn Lewis-Lakin, and the opportunity for imposition of ashes.

Childcare for children 4 years of age and under is offered in the nursery at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Reservations appreciated with Amanda O’Gorman –  248-646-6407 ext. 3141.

Ash Wednesday UMW Brunch

Following 10:00 a.m. worship

All women are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. worship service and then enjoy a catered brunch. Sign up for brunch in the church office by February 11. Cost is $5 at the door.

Ash Wednesday Empty Bowls Soup Supper

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hunger Ministry presents a delicious meal of soups and bread from some of the best restaurants in the area. All proceeds go towards relieving hunger. $10 per person/$25 per family. Tickets are available during the coffee hours, in the church office, and at the door. Free refills, carryout pints ($5) and quarts ($10), and desserts
for an additional contribution.

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Lenten Book Study


Our all-church Lenten study is Tom Berlin’s Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess. Using scripture, devotional tools and other writings, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find

The study begins the week of February 18, including a new study group on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m., after Mid-Week Worship at 6:00. For a list of study groups, contact Lindsay Gursky. Books ($9) are available in the Circuit Rider Bookstore on Sunday mornings and in the church office during the week.


February 18-April 1

Traditional Worship
8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary
In our Lenten sermon series, Giving Up, we’ll turn our attention to the attitudes and actions that God might be inviting us to “give up” as we seek to embrace the resurrection and new life that God brings to us at Easter.

Shine Contemporary Worship
11:00 a.m. — Christian Life Center
Our Lenten series will be about how we can Awaken ourselves to a deeper understanding of faith. We will explore some usual and unique spiritual disciplines to help us follow the Lenten journey, and our own spiritual walk with Jesus, with more engagement.

Berkley First Worship
10:00 a.m. — Berkley First Sanctuary
Lent begins as we wrap up our Best Practices series exploring the spiritual disciplines of devotion, worship, mercy and justice. Then, from March 11 through Easter Sunday, we will focus for one Sunday each on the Palms, Passover, Passion and Resurrection that define this holiest time of the year. 


February 21-March 21

5:30 / 6:00 / 6:45 p.m. — Birmingham First
Come as you are for a casual soup supper, family worship and/or adult study. A light supper of soup, rolls and fruit will be served at 5:30 p.m. $5 per person donation appreciated. After supper, join us for family friendly MidWeek Worship at 6:00. At 6:45, you are invited to join our Lenten book study, Restored. Come as you are able, and experience God’s love.


March 25

Holy Week begins with special music and a children’s palm parade. Palms distributed to every worshiper.
Traditional Worship
8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary

Shine Contemporary Worship
11:00 a.m. — Christian Life Center

Berkley First Worship
10:00 a.m. — Berkley First Sanctuary


March 29

7:00 p.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary
Our unique service of Holy Communion as we remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. Music provided by IXOYC Choir. 

Childcare available through age 4. Reservations are appreciated by March 23 with Amanda O’Gorman – 248-646-6407 ext. 3141 .


March 30

Community Good Friday Service
12:00 p.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary
Birmingham First is pleased to host the Community Good Friday Service this year. Come join with sisters and brothers from other churches in Birmingham in this sacred service of remembrance.

Good Friday Service
6:30 p.m. — Berkley First Sanctuary
This service will have a contemplative and somber feel, providing an inspiring opportunity to engage the beauty and mystery of Christ’s death and its significance for our lives. This unique service includes a powerful message and communion.

Good Friday Concert
7:00 p.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary
Join us for an evening of sacred music reflecting on the life of Christ. The music will feature Dan Forrest’s new major work, Lux: Dawn from on High, performed by Chancel Choir and professional orchestra. You will be inspired and moved by this profound music.

April 1

Easter Sunday Worship

Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!

Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!

Sunrise Service
7:15 a.m. — Chambliss Outdoor Worship Center

Traditional Worship
8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. — Birmingham First Sanctuary

Shine Contemporary Worship
11:00 a.m. — Christian Life Center

Berkley First
10:00 a.m. — Berkley First Sanctuary.