A time to reflect on Pentecost and Trinity Sunday
Studying the teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount
Easter is more than a day; Easter is an entire season in the Christian year. The early Christians called this season the Great Fifty Days. It began with Easter Day and extended through Pentecost on the fiftieth day (seven Sundays). The season commemorates the fifty days that began when Jesus rose from the dead and ended when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and the Christian church was born.
Each worship experience is a unique opportunity to be drawn into a deeper Holy Week experience of Christ’s last week in and around Jerusalem, including the Last Supper, Betrayal, Arrest, Trial, Sentence, Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection. I encourage you to take the entire Holy Week journey with us; don’t skip from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
In this Lenten Season of Recovery for our physical, communal, mental, intellectual, and environmental health, we will explore the healing narratives of Jesus that tell of divine solidarity with human suffering and remind us that we can begin a journey toward making something beautiful from that which is seemingly broken.
A time between our renewal services and the Lenten season.
An Advent Worship Series
On our way to Thanksgiving Day, we’ll spend three weeks in worship thanking our gracious, giving God. During each worship service in this series, we will have the opportunity to hear about gratitude from one of our members. It may be difficult, in the midst of this pandemic, to embrace this particular attitude.
For the next six weeks, we will be immersed in the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul writes forcefully about the church being united in and through Jesus Christ: “from him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part” (4:16).
Long before public education, Sunday School classes, even VBS, our faith ancestors were teaching children very important life lessons from scripture. They even had a book of instruction for their lesson plans - Proverbs.
We begin our summer worship series this coming Sunday - Still Real. As the world changes around us, we return to our “roots,” our foundational understanding of who we are, where we come from, and why we are here. For our congregation, the answers to these foundational questions can be found in our vision statement: Real People - Real Purpose - Real God - Life Under the Cross.
Get any group of people together long enough and they will develop a culture. They will develop patterns, traditions, values and goals.