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Join Us for Joy-filled Holy Week services

Easter Season Worship Schedule

You are invited to join us for our Holy Week services as we remember Jesus' last week on earth: His gathering with the disciples, His death, and the joy of His resurrection.

April 7  Fifth Sunday in Lent worship service  9:30 a.m.

Guest preacher Jim Weaver will bring a sermon on the theme “Roll Down, Justice" from Isaiah 58: 6-12, the Adult Choir directed by Jonathan Shively will sing anthems, and service musician Sylvia Weaver will play piano and organ.

April 14  Palm Sunday worship service  9:30 a.m.

On Palm Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. all are invited to participate in a palm procession beginning in the Fellowship Hall. Those who would prefer to find their seat in the pew are welcome to begin there and greet the procession as it enters the sanctuary.

April 18  Maundy Thursday Love Feast  6:30 p.m.

We will begin in the sanctuary and move to the Fellowship Hall for this service which re-enacts Jesus' last supper from the Gospel of John and includes time for personal reflection, feetwashing - a practice that has been carried out by folks in our faith tradition for centuries - as well as songs, a fellowship meal, and communion. Those who are new to this practice are welcomed to participate to the extent that they feel comfortable.

April 21  Easter Sunday  9:30 a.m. Christ is risen! Join us in celebrating

Please join us as we pray and sing together for the justice and joy of the risen Christ to wash over and through us. We will read the scripture story from John 20 and Pastor Katie will preach. The adult choir will sing, Sylvia Weaver will be at the organ, and the congregation will be invited to sing well-loved favorite hymns like Christ the Lord is Risen Today and Morning has Broken, as well as Roll Down, Justice! and May Peace Flow for the last time this season.


Following a shortened Sunday school hour, children through 5th grade will be invited to gather in Fellowship Hall to receive instructions before going outside for an Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Children’s and Youth Ministries Team.

 

notes from Pastor Katie Mar-Apr, 2019

Roll Down, Justice

There's a lot going on. Maybe you feel it too. There's a lot of hurt and heartbreak in our world. We may not always agree on where it's coming from or what's causing it. Yet, the experience of pain is something we share as humans, as well as the yearning for healing and wholeness in the midst of that pain. 

In his time, the prophet Amos proclaimed, "let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Justice means different things to different people, but one of the definitions I appreciate is a sense of things being healed, made whole, grown mature, and set right. In Lent I invite you to join me in praying for God's healing and wholeness to wash over us and through our world.

Sometimes healing means painful growth. It may mean needing to face our fears, challenges, and short comings, in order to find the growth and transformation we seek. I see that as the kind of work we are invited to do together in our Lenten Wednesday series on white privilege. I also see many small but profound opportunities to do so in everyday lives, like letting go of shame for not feeling "good enough" or letting go of fear in order to have healing conversations. How are each of us called seek healing and wholeness? As anyone who has spent extended time in physical therapy may know, healing can be hard, hard work, but with God's help it is possible.  

Marcia McFee, creator of this worship series, writes that Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world. The images of water rolling down in healing waves invoke the significance of baptism and of our feetwashing practice. How do those practices remind us of who we are and whose we are? How do God's healing waters move in those special moments and in all the ordinary moments of our lives to bring wholeness, peace, justice, and even joy to where it is most needed? It is my prayer that this season will offer us reflection and renewed inspiration to let our voices be tuned to the heart of Jesus' healing, saving, transforming, justice-bringing message: God loves you and all creation.

May it be so. Amen.

Announcements

Sunday worship service  9:30 a.m.  All are welcome!

Fellowship time   10:30 a.m.  Vsitors, take a blue mug  : )

Sunday school  11:00 a.m.   For all ages

Wednesday Morning Bible study 10 a.m. each week. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion!