The philosopher, Jacob Needleman, tells of traveling in Central Asia and encountering a desert colloquially known by the name “Samovstrecha.” When translated, this name means “The desert where one meets one’s self.”
Christians know this desert by the name “Lent.” Lent is associated with the landscape of the desert, and with Jesus’ own 40 days in the wilderness, and maybe this is why. If Easter is the time in which we encounter the risen Christ, then Lent is a time when we have the chance to encounter ourselves — our needs, our gifts, our hopes, our prayers and our deepest longings.

Throughout the season of Lent at First Baptist Greensboro — through worship and preaching, service and study, prayer and community — we have the opportunity to more fully learn about ourselves. Beyond what we give up or what we take on, what if we claimed this season as a chance to deepen our identity as children of God and followers of Jesus? Join us throughout this season in all the ways listed below. In meeting ourselves throughout the season of Lent, we might arrive to Easter even more open and prepared to meet the risen Christ.

Sundays in Lent | February 26, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 
Join us for the Sundays in Lent, for Bible Study and Worship. Our worship and preaching follows the lectionary passages from the Gospel of John. Through people like Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman at the Well, and Lazarus, we encounter lives of faith that help us more fully understand our own.


Sunday Evenings | February 26, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 

On Sunday evenings we meet ourselves through the experience of community, with music for children and youth, and opportunities for all ages. Our Sunday evenings this spring include our series of Congregational Roundtables — as we consider the past, present and future of our congregation. More here.


Lenten Vespers | Wednesdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Join us Wednesday evenings at 6:00 in the Chapel for worship and prayer. This weekly service includes contemplative music, reflection on our lectionary passage for the week, and prayers for the needs of our Congregation and wider community.


Palm Sunday | Sunday, April 2

Holy Week begins with the celebration of Palm Sunday, complete with processional and palms. Join us for worship, and stay after for an Egg Hunt for our children and a Fellowship Meal for all ages. This year, we’ll host our first Palm Sunday parade outside after worship, complete with a special four-legged guest, reminding us how Jesus rode into Jerusalem.


Maundy Thursday | April 6 at 6 pm 
On Thursday of Holy Week, we will gather at 6:00 for a Table Service that includes a meal, celebration of communion, and a service of shadows leading us toward Good Friday. RSVP for the meal here.
Easter Sunday | April 9 at 10:30 am 
With great joy and hope we will gather on Easter Sunday, to sing loudly, share our brightest and best expressions of faith, adorn the cross with flowers, and celebrate the news that the women raced with from the tomb of the life and love of Jesus loose in this world.