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Corner of Clinton and Jefferson Streets
Marianna, FL 32446
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2015 Lenten Lessons

The Six Great Ends of the Church are a part of our Presbyterian heritage,
a part that makes us who and what we are as a church and as a denomination.
They were the focus of our Lenten Luncheons this year

The Great Ends of the Church are:

The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind;

The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;

The maintenance of divine worship;

The preservation of the truth;

The promotion of social righteousness; and

The exhibition of the kingdom of Heaven to the world.

Luncheons were prepared and served by the Presbyterian Womenís Circles,
except for March 31, which was the Presbyterian Menís Luncheon Day.

February 24: Wildflowers Circle
March 3: Circle 1
March 10: Circle 2
March 17: Lunch Bunch Circle
March 24: Good News Women and
Susie Barber's Culinary class
March 31: Men of the Church






2012 Lenten Luncheons

Everyone is invited to share in the Journey of Lent with us this year. Our Worship Services during Lent will center on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. Often referred to as “The Seven Last Words” they frequently are the focus of the three hour services which many churches hold on Good Friday, between noon and 3 p.m. This series during Lent will be complemented during the Easter Season with Worship Services centered on the First Words of the Risen Jesus.

During Lent this year, we will look at one of these sayings each Sunday, except for the last Sunday when we will look at the two final sayings. On the following Tuesdays at our Lenten Luncheon, we will reflect on the same saying initially from the perspective of someone who may have heard Jesus speak these words from the cross. The Lenten Luncheons will be held between 12 noon and 12:50 p.m. each Tuesday during Lent beginning on Tuesday, February 28. Soup, sandwiches and dessert will be prepared by the various women’s circles as indicated below. As in previous years, we hope everyone will plan to invite friends from the Marianna community to share in these Lenten luncheons with us.

The Lenten Season will conclude with our Maundy Thursday Service which will include the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and a Tenebrae Service of Darkness on Thursday, April 5, and our time for personal quiet meditation and prayer on Good Friday, April 6 between 12 noon and 3 p.m.

Click either Sunday or Lent for a copy of the message. The specific words for each week will be:

Sunday, February 26: First Sunday in Lent “Father, Forgive Them” based on Luke 23:26, 32-37 and Luke 15:11-32

Tuesday, February 28: First Lenten Luncheon prepared by Circle 1. Reflections from the perspective of Simon of Cyrene

Sunday, March 4: Second Sunday in Lent: “Today, You Will Be with me in Paradise” based on Psalm 23 and Luke 23:39-43. This service will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

Tuesday, March 6: Second Lenten Luncheon prepared by Circle 2. Reflections from the perspectives of thieves on the crosses with Jesus.

Sunday, March 11: Third Sunday in Lent: “Behold, Your Son”… “Behold Your Mother” based on John 19:16c-27 and Mark 3:31-34.

Tuesday, March 13: Third Lenten Luncheon prepared by the Lunch Bunch Circle. Reflections from the perspective of Mary, the wife of Cleopas.

Sunday, March 18: Fourth Sunday in Lent: “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me” based on Psalm 22 and Mark 15:29-36a. This service will also include an 1835 Endowment Fund Celebration.

Tuesday, March 20: Fourth Lenten Luncheon prepared by Circle 1. Reflections from the perspective of a man in the crowd at the cross.

Sunday, March 25: Fifth Sunday in Lent: “I Thirst” based on John 19:28-29 and Mark 10:32-40.

Tuesday, March 27: Fifth Lenten Luncheon prepared by the Good News Women and the Wildflowers. Reflections from the perspective of Nicodemus.

Sunday, April 1: Palm/Passion Sunday: “It is Finished” and “Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit” based on John 19:30 and Luke 23:43-47 and Psalm 31. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at this service.

Tuesday, April 3: Sixth Lenten Luncheon prepared by Circle 2. Reflections from the perspective of the Roman Centurion at the Cross.

Thursday, April 5 Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m. with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and Tenebrae, Service of Darkness.

Good Friday, April 6 Sanctuary will be open from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for personal quiet reflection, meditation and prayer.



2011 Lenten Luncheons



Our Annual Lenten Luncheons will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 15, following the schedule listed below.

Once again we are grateful to the ladies of each circle for providing our luncheons of soup, sandwich and dessert, and to Larry Nelson for playing for our singing.

The theme of our Lenten reflections, which Huw Christopher will be leading, will be, “Personalities Around the Cross” and how their relationship and reaction to Jesus helps us to think about what Jesus and his death on the Cross means in each of our lives today.

Please plan to invite your friends from the Marianna community to share in this time of food, fellowship and reflections each Tuesday in Lent. Our program will conclude by 12:50 p.m. each week for those who will need to return to work.
Copies of each week’s reflections are available on the church website.

Date Circle in Charge of Meal Personality
March 15 Circle 1 Simon the Pharisee
March 22 Circle 2 Caiaphas
March 29 Good News/Wildflowers Simon Peter
April 5 Lunch Bunch Judas Iscariot
April 12 Circle 1 Pontius Pilate
April 19 Circle 2 Mary Magdalene






2010 Lenten Luncheons

Our 2010 Lenten Luncheons were held on Tuesdays during Lent from 12 noon until 12:50 p.m.,
with the following circles in charge of the soup, sandwich and dessert luncheon:

February 23: Circle 1
March 2: Good News Women
March 9: Circle 2
March 16: Good News Women
March 23: Circle 1
March 30: Circle 2

Huw Christopher led our study each week on the theme of
“Reflections of the Journey that Jesus Chose.”

These reflections complemented the theme of the previous Sunday’s worship service
with the following questions and Scripture passages each week:

February 23: “What Does Your Baptism Mean to You?
– Reflecting on our True Identity,”
based on Luke 3:21-22 and Luke 4:1-13

March 2: “What Does the Cross of Jesus Mean to You?
– Reflecting on the Doctrine of the Atonement,”
based on Luke 13:31-35

March 9: “What Do You Want To Hold Out of the Water?
– Reflecting on Our Commitments as the Followers of Jesus Christ,”
based on Luke 13:1-9.

March 16: “What Does Home Mean to You?”
- Reflecting on God’s Welcome to Us as the Followers of Jesus Christ,”
based on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.

March 23: How do you express your love for Jesus?
- Reflecting on What Is Precious in God’s Sight and in Our Sight,”
based on John 12:1-8

March 30: What Power Do You Possess and How Do You Use Your Power?
- Reflecting on How Jesus Uses His Power and How We Use Our Power,”
based on Luke 19:28-40.

Copies of each week’s reflections are available on the church website.





In 2009, Lent began on February 25.


Our Worship Services and our Tuesday Lenten Luncheon Reflections
will look at the some of the names and titles of Jesus,
of how they help us to relate to him,
and how they guide us to live as those
who bear His name today.


Sunday, March 1: First Sunday in Lent: Jesus as the Son of God based on Mark 1:9-15
Tuesday, March 3: The Name of “Jesus”

Sunday, March 8: Second Sunday in Lent: Jesus as the Holy One of God Who Teaches with Authority, based on Mark 1:21-28
Tuesday, March 10: Jesus as Rabbi and Teacher

Sunday, March 15: Third Sunday in Lent: Jesus as a Son and a Brother based on Mark 3:13-35
Tuesday, March 17: Jesus as Lord and Master

Sunday, March 22: Fourth Sunday in Lent: Jesus as the Christ, based on Mark 8:27-9:1
Tuesday, March 24: Jesus as Messiah

Sunday, March 29: Fifth Sunday in Lent: Jesus as the Son of David based on Mark 10:46-52
Tuesday, March 31:Jesus as Son of David, Son of Man and Son of God.

Sunday, April 5: Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm/Passion Sunday: Jesus as the One Who Comes in the name of the Lord
Tuesday, April 7: Praying in the Name Jesus, the One Who Comes in the Name of the Lord.

Anthems and hymns related to be various names and titles of Jesus will be used at our Worship Services, and also during our Lenten Luncheons.
Each Sunday in the bulletin there will be suggested ways in which people may continue the reflections of the week.
Our purple paraments and the Lenten banners in our sanctuary will help us to focus on this season of our Church Year.
The cross which will be displayed outside the church on Jefferson Street will remind everyone who passes our church of this Season of Lent.





Lent 2008: Walking With Jesus Through Holy Week

The events of Holy Week in the life of Jesus are central to our faith as Christian men and women. Yet since so many of these events occurred during the week and not on Sundays it is easy in our Worship Services and in our own thinking to go from Palm Sunday to Easter Day without really thinking about all that happened to Jesus and to his followers during that week. This year we want to change all of this by giving everyone an opportunity throughout the whole of Lent to trace these significant events. This means that our focus on some events may seem out of sequence with our normal celebrations as well as with those of other churches. Each week our Worship Service will begin our thinking about a particular event. This will then be continued in our reflections at our Lenten Luncheon on Tuesday. Each week there also will be available prayer and reflection cards to enable everyone to personally think about the particular event of the week each day. The whole purpose is that "We Might Walk with Jesus Through Holy Week in order to See How He Would Have Us to Walk Today as His Followers."


First Week in Lent (Sunday, February 10):
Jesus Enters Jerusalem based on Mark 11:1-11; Zechariah 9:9-10  Tuesday, Feb 12 PDF

Second Week in Lent (Sunday, February 17):
Jesus Cleanses the Temple and Curses the Fig Tree based on Mark 11:12-25; and Jeremiah 7:1-15  Tuesday, Feb 19 PDF

Third Week in Lent (Sunday, February 24):
Jesus’ Words and Actions Cause Conflict based on Mark 14:1-11; Mark 12:35-44  Tuesday, Feb 26 PDF

Fourth Week in Lent (Sunday, March 2)
Jesus Celebrates the Last Supper and Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane based on Mark 14:12-25 and Mark 14:26, 32-42.  Wednesday, March 5 PDF

Fifth Week in Lent (Sunday, March 9)
Jesus is Arrested and Tried and Peter Denies Jesus based on Mark 14:43-65, Mark 14:27-31 and Mark 14:66-72  Tuesday, March 11 PDF

Sixth Week in Lent: (Sunday, March 16)
Jesus is Tried before Pilate and Crucified based on Mark 15:1-41.  Tuesday, March 18 PDF

Our Lenten Luncheons which will be held from 12 noon until 12:50 p.m. on each Tuesday of Lent, beginning Tuesday, February 12. A soup, sandwich and dessert luncheon will be provided each week. Huw Christopher will lead our Lenten reflections which will be a continuation of the theme of the previous Sunday.






Each Tuesday during Lent 2007
we held our Lenten Luncheons from 12 noon until 12:50 p.m.
with soup, sandwiches and dessert being provided by our ladies' circles.
Each week our reflections focused on some of the history and meaning
of the symbol of the cross which had been portrayed on the
front of bulletin for the previous Sunday. These crosses were:
Tuesday, February 27: The Latin Cross
Tuesday, March 6: The Greek Cross
Tuesday, March 13: The Jerusalem Cross
Tuesday, March 20: The Anchor Cross
Tuesday, March 27: The Celtic Cross
Tuesday, April 3: The Cross in the Seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Date Title Text PDF DOC
4/3/2007 “The Presbyterian Cross” TXT PDF DOC
3/27/2007 “The Celtic Cross” TXT PDF DOC
3/20/2007 “The Anchor Cross” TXT PDF DOC
3/13/2007 “The Jerusalem Cross” TXT PDF DOC
3/6/2007 “The Greek Cross” TXT PDF DOC
2/27/2007 “The Latin Cross” TXT PDF DOC


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