Water's Edge United Methodist Church plans to walk with Jesus during its spiritual journey from Lent to Easter.

The church, at 469 Ables Road in Lower Windsor Township, will begin its six-week Lenten series "The Way" during its 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Series sessions will be held weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays, said Patricia Bollinger, pastor of Water's Edge.

"(The series) takes you through Jesus' ministry, from his baptism to the crucifixion," she said. "It helps you understand the picture of God's kingdom."

The series is based on the book "The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus," written by the Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., according to his website at www.adamhamilton.org.

He also delivered a sermon at the Inaugural National Prayer Service attended by President Barack Obama in January at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., according to the event's and Hamilton's websites.

"The Way" Lenten series includes videos of Hamilton at various places Jesus walked during his time on earth, including the Jordan River in Israel, where he was baptized, Bollinger said.

Making the Bible come alive: The videos will be shown during the Wednesday sessions, which will be led by several lay members, Bollinger said.

"I hope they will see how helping people to see the picture of Jesus' ministry more clearly is important for everyone to do, not just the pastor," she said. "I hope they find assurance of what they think God has called them to do, or clarification at least."


The series lessons and videos will help make the Bible come alive for attendees, Bollinger added.

"They can see the hardship Jesus went through (and) his faithfulness to God while going through it," she said.

Bollinger said the Water's Edge series also gives people a time to come together for study and worship as they go through the 40-day Lent season in preparation for the celebration of Easter.

"Lent is the time for preparing yourself to do the ministry God has called you to do," she added. "Many people give up stuff for lent. If you do that, give up something that's going to make your life better and God-centered."

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.