Parables of Grace

Lent Worship

In the Parables found in the book of Matthew, Jesus invites us to listen to stories of profound and radical grace so that we might share his story with one another. Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise listed.

Parables of Grace:

  • Ash Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.: The Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:1–14)
  • March 10:  The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:15–35)
  • March 17: The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1–16)
  • March 24: The Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22:1–14)
  • March 31:  The Talents (Matthew 25:14–30)
  • April 7: The Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31–46)
  • April 14: Palm Sunday, The Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1–17)

 

Lenten Study 

Find the Parables of Grace Lenten Study Guide here.

Pastor Corey created a study to follow the sermon series of parables through Matthew. While you can certainly use the guide for individual study and prayer, this can also be a great time to join with a group if you are not already a part of one! Studying the parables always opens us up to listen to Jesus, but when we study in a group, we also get to see the stories from others' perspectives and develop relationships in our faith family. Below are available groups you can join for Lent so that you can walk with one another on this journey. Feel free to drop into any of these groups during Lent. Some groups will move locations each week, so be sure to reach out to the contact for specific weekly information. You can also contact Miriam Nelson with questions. 

  • Scripture for Lunch: Open to all. Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in room 103 at church (BYO Lunch), contact Becky Echeverria
  • Loveland Group: Open to all. Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., first meeting at Repp's home then rotating location, contact Becka Repp
  • MX Group: Open to all. Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (following 5:15 dinner), meeting at church, contact David Whitelock
  • Young Adult Group: Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m., in room 207, contact Kate Smith or Liz Gandy
  • Men's Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 6:00 a.m. in the church Parlor, contact RJ Hanna

 

Additional Lenten Reading in the FPC Library

FPC’s Word Source Library has acquired the following titles available for checkout:

  • 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections For Everyday Life
  • Walking With Jesus Through the Old Testament: Devotions For Lent
  • Meeting God in Paul: Reflections for the Season of Lent
  • Lent For Everyone: Matthew: A Daily Devotional
  • Lent For Everyone: Luke: A Daily Devotional
  • Show Me the Way: Readings for each day of Lent
  • Kneeling in Jerusalem
  • Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
  • Searching for Truth: Lenten Meditations on Science and Faith

The Library is located on the north end of the second floor of the education building. Stop by!

 

Holy Week

April 15–19: Community Holy Week Services, 12:00 p.m. daily
For centuries, the Christian Church has set aside Holy Week to remember Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem, His suffering, and His death. At First Presbyterian Church, we host services for the entire community, gathering the whole ecumenical church for worship each day at noontime. Our Midday Holy Week Services take place from 12:00–12:45 p.m. daily. These “lunchtime” worship services will be led each day by pastors and leaders from five different traditions, offering all of us an opportunity to experience the richness and breadth of the whole family of God. All are welcome and we hope you will join us. Childcare will be available for children up to age 5. 

  • On Monday, April 15, we welcome Rev. Melissa St. Clair from Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Faith Family Hospitality, our designated recipient for this year’s Holy Week offerings.
  • On Tuesday, April 16, we welcome Rev. Eddy Hopkins from Peak Community Church, a congregation of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and one of FPC’s nearest neighbors just down the street.
  • On Wednesday, April 17, we welcome Dr. Janina Fariñas, Assistant Professor and Clinical Faculty in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Colorado State University. Janina leads La Cocina, a mental health services program for Hispanic families that is hosted on FPC’s campus every Wednesday.
  • On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we welcome Rev. Michael Stadtmueller from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. We will share communion together at this service – an uplifting ecumenical expression of the wider church of Jesus Christ.
  • On Good Friday, April 19, we welcome back Mr. Anthony McGlaun, for “Proclamation in Song.” A graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Northern Iowa, Anthony is a much sought after soloist, recitalist, lecturer and Master class presenter. He specializes in the Negro Spiritual and work of African-American composers.

 

Good Friday

April 19: Good Friday Tenebrae Worship, 7:00 p.m.
We commemorate Jesus’ final hours by candlelight with scripture, story, and song. As we tell the account of Christ’s final hours, we extinguish candles and fall into darkness. The Tenebrae service is a powerful way to honor Good Friday on our way to Easter Sunday. Childcare will be available for children up to age 5.

 

Easter

Sunday, April 21, Easter Sunday Worship, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.:
We welcome you to our Easter Resurrection Celebration at two identical worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 21, where the Sanctuary Choir, Exquisite Brass, Chancel Bell Choir, and Organ will sing the Good News – Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Senior Pastor Corey Nelson will conclude our Lenten sermon series on the Parables of Grace.

Kids up to fifth grade are invited to a Resurrection Party in Sunday school during Easter worship. Children begin in the Sanctuary with their families and are dismissed during the Passing of the Peace. Childcare is available in our Nursery for infants up to age 2. Youth (6th–12th grades) are invited to Sunday school at 9:00 a.m.

Join us for Easter at First Presbyterian Church.

 

To our members and regular attendees: one of the best ways to celebrate resurrection is by welcoming people into our church family. Who do you know who might need a place to worship on Easter? Please be on the lookout for new faces, and consider worshipping at the 11:00 a.m. service (which will be identical to the 9:00 a.m. service) so as to allow more room for visitors.

If you are physically able, please come early and park in the underground parking by 24-Hour Fitness—on the northeast corner of Mulberry and College—so that our parking lot spaces are available for visitors and those who may be less mobile.

 


As you prepare for Easter Worship, we would like to invite you to bring along colorful fresh flowers. We are continuing a new tradition this year with a flowering Easter Cross. This beautiful symbol of the resurrection will stand on the lawn outside. Arrive early for worship and place your flowers on the cross. A symbol of death, darkness, pain, and hopelessness is transformed into something beautiful, new, and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.