Lenten Season 2022

We pray that the Lenten Season at Cookeville First UMC is a deeply meaningful time that prepares you for the joy of Easter.  Please look below for an overview of our events and opportunities this year.

Isaiah 53: 4-5

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…he was peirced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.


April 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Holy Wednesday study and worship experience in the sanctuary features Jesus’s humble sacrificial life and passion on the cross as the source of atoning sacrifice for sin as a healing balm for our woundedness.


April 14, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples.  We recall the holy words, “This is my body, given for you,” and “this is my blood poured out for the forgiveness of your sins.”  Through this sacrament, we share the opportunity to experience God’s grace and reflect on the gifts of Jesus Christ.


April 15, 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

On Good Friday, we come together to remember Christ on the cross and to set in our hearts a reminder of the cost of crucifixion.  This is a service of monologue, scripture, and music intended to bring about a true appreciation of the glory of Easter morning.


Saturday April 16, Noon

Join us in the Bandstand at Dogwood Park for a morning of fellowship and fun!


Sunday April 17

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Join us for a full morning of celebration worship – two services:

8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary

Churchwide Breakfast Celebration – 9:45 a.m. in the Christian Life Center.

ZOE - Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor

ZOE operates throughout the African continent, assisting children to move from extreme poverty to self-sufficeincy. This Lent, we will have the opportunity to support this wonderful ministry financially through our Kids’ Sunday School.  For more information on ZOE, visit Our Story – Zoe Empowers

Contact our church office with any questions!

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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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