Lent 2021


Our Schedule for Lent

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of the following Lenten programs will take place virtually and may be viewed on Facebook or YouTube.

Links for both may be found on our webpage:  www.cherryhillchurch.org

ASH WEDNESDAY – February 17 – Livestream Service at 7:00 pm

We mark the beginning of Lent with this traditional service of repentance and confession. The service will include the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.




February 24 – March 24 - 7:00 pm

The Women Speak

Our Wednesday Lenten services this year will feature a series of five dramatic monologues spoken by the women who knew Jesus. They will tell of how their experience with him changed their lives. Each monologue will be shared by a member of our congregation.


                                February 24                        Mary, the Mother of Jesus, portrayed by Cora Houghan

                                March 3                               Anna, The Prophetess, portrayed by Janet Reickel

                                March 10                             The Woman at the Well, portrayed by Anna Bosler

                                March 17                             Pilate’s Wife, portrayed by Leslie Garber  

                                March 24                             Mary Magdalene, portrayed by Pam Hollingsworth



Throughout Lent, we will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (OGHS), one of  the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Gifts to OGHS are divided among three denominational programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self Development of People. Throughout Lent, you will be receiving additional information on this special offering in the weekly emails and be sure to read the special article in this newsletter.




February 22 – March 29 – 3:00 pm via Zoom

Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross

While many of us naturally wish to avoid the reality of the cross, it’s from the cross that Jesus speaks and shows His deepest love for us. It’s from the cross that Jesus’ full humanity draws us closest to Him. It’s from the cross, as Jesus breathes His last breath and speaks His last words, that His deep trust in His Father and His divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to Jesus’ last words from the cross will discover what He most wants them (and the world) to hear, and they will experience an intimate and divine awe only available to those who are willing to draw near His cross. Using a book and video presentation by United Methodist pastor, Susan Robb, we will hear again the last words of Christ spoken from the cross as if He is speaking them directly to us. Copies of he book, “Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross” are available for purchase in the church office at $10.00 per copy. Our schedule is as follows:


February 22        Father, Forgive Them – Luke 22: 32-34

March 1               Today, You Will Be with Me in Paradise – Luke 23: 42-43  

March 8               My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? – Mark 15: 33-34

March 15             Woman, Here is Your Son – John 19:25b-27

March 22             I Am Thirsty – John 19: 28-29

March 29             Into Your Hands – John 19:30, Luke 23:44-46




Returning Home: A Sermon Series on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus told a simple parable about a family, a father and his two sons. Most people today are somewhat familiar with the parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15:11-32. Even those who know next to nothing else about the Bible know something about this tale. It is a story of rebellion, repentance, and unfathomable grace. Throughout the Sundays of Lent, we will take a closer look at this parable from a variety of perspectives.


Lent 1 – February 21  - Running Away – Luke 15:11-13, Hosea 14: 1-7

            …the younger son gathered all that he had and traveled to a distant country. – Luke 15:13

            Lent 2 – February 28 – Homesickness – Luke 15:14-19, Exodus 10-14

                        But when he came to himself – Luke 15:17

Lent 3 – March 7 - A Sight for Sore Eyes – Luke 15: 20-24, Hosea 11:1-4, Ephesians 2:1-8

            But while he was still far off, his father saw him. – Luke 15:21

Lent 4 – March 14 – The Problem with Being Good – Luke 15: 25-30, 1 John 1: 5-10

            For all these years I have been working like a slave for you.  – Luke 15:29

Lent 5 – March 21 – A Strange Kind of Party  - Luke 15: 1-8, 15-32, Isaiah 61: 10-11

            But we had to celebrate and rejoice … Luke 15:32

German pastor Helmut Thielicke wrote, “We must read and hear this gospel story as it was really meant to be… news that would stagger us if we were able to hear it for the first time as a message that everything about God is so completely different from what we thought or feared …” By the power of the Spirit, may this familiar, beloved story stagger us again, or at least cause a lump in the throat of inexpressible joy.”