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The Journey “In His Steps” continues through Lent to Easter Midweek Services

Written by Rev. Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (preceded by supper at 5:30)

7:March

  “When Jesus Calmed the Storm” – Jim Dunn will reflect on Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus wakes up in the boat and calms the storm Questions for reflection: Do I have faith in Jesus to calm the storms in my life? How do I bring the calm of knowing Christ to the storms in someone else’s life?

14:March

“When Jesus Healed the Sick” – Martha Rapp will reflect on Mark 6:53-56 when “even those who touch the fringe of Jesus’ garment are healed.” Questions for reflection: Does Jesus still heal today? How does Jesus’ healing come through me?

21:March

“When Jesus Took the Cup” – Pastor Jim Trutwin will reflect on Mark 14:17-39, the Last Supper and Garden of Gethsemane. Questions for reflection: How is the cup of the new covenant – the cup of salvation – related to the cup of suffering Jesus drank? What does it mean to drink the cup? How does my own suffering unite me with Christ?

Palm Sunday, March 25, 9:30 a.m.: Our service begins in the Fellowship Hall as we process with palms into the Sanctuary. Our choir has a brand new anthem, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” and the Passion according to Mark will be read.

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.: A traditional service including individual absolution with the laying on of hands, a foot washing ritual, congregation communing one another, stripping of the altar as Psalm 22 is chanted, and departing in silence.

Maundy Thursday to Good Friday Prayer Vigil in our New Chapel: Something new this year. From the close of Maundy Thursday worship to the opening of Good Friday worship, we are inviting people to sign up for 30-minute slots in a 23-hour prayer vigil in our new Resurrection Chapel. Various guided prayer materials will be provided for those who wish to use them. This is a time to walk meditatively with Christ “In His Steps” through his suffering and death, and to pray for self, others and the world. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the narthex. You are welcome to take more than one slot if you wish to stay longer.

Good Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.: Several ancient Good Friday traditions are incorporated in this solemn Tenebrae service, which features the gradual extinguishing of candles after each of seven readings from the Passion according to John. Tenebrae is a Latin word that means “darkness” or “shadows.” A rugged cross will be carried into the sanctuary and the service will close with veneration of the cross.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.: We will unpack the Alleluia and participate in a joyful celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection, followed by Easter Brunch to benefit our missionary sponsorship endeavor.

Lent 2018: Following Jesus – Then and Now

Written by Rev. Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

Imagine – really imagine – yourself walking with Jesus during his time on earth, as he taught, healed, forgave, worked miracles, suffered and died. What was it like? What were you thinking? What did you learn?

And then consider this: Knowing that you are a disciple – one who follows in Jesus’ steps today – how do you embody Jesus’ words and actions in the way you respond to the world around you? That is our goal during this Lenten season – to think deeply about what it truly means to follow Jesus – to walk “In His Steps.”

Lent begins on Valentine’s Day this year. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14! We will have a service with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion at 6:30 p.m. Choir will begin at 7:30.

The following five Wednesdays, our fellowship will begin at 5:30 with supper, followed by a 30- to 40-minute service. I hope to recruit lay speakers each week to share a faith story in line with the week’s theme.

Weekly Lenten Themes, Scriptures and Questions for Reflection: “In His Steps …”
  • Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday: … When Jesus Forgave Sinners (Mark 2:1-12); What is the connection between forgiveness and healing? How does my faith help bring healing and forgiveness to others? Do I trust Jesus’ power to forgive?
  • Feb. 21: ... When Jesus Taught the Crowds (Mark 4:1-9). Why did Jesus use parables in so much of his teaching? What does it mean to have “ears to hear?” Do I have such ears? How do I teach like Jesus?
  • Feb. 28: ... When Jesus Calmed the Storm (Mark 4:35-37). Do I have faith in Jesus to calm the storms in my life? How do I bring the calm of knowing Christ to someone else’s storm?
  • March 7: ... When Jesus Fed the Crowd (Mark 6:30-44). Where do I see people like “sheep without a shepherd?” Do I have compassion? How do I “feed” them?
  • March 14: ... When Jesus Healed the Sick (Mark 6:53-56). What does this tell me about Jesus? Does Jesus still heal today? How does Jesus’ healing come through me?
  • March 21: ... When Jesus Took the Cup (Mark 14:17-39). How is the cup of the new covenant – the cup of salvation – related to the cup of suffering Jesus drank? What does it mean to drink the cup? How does my own suffering unite me with Christ? Am I able to stay awake with Jesus?

The Worship Team will be providing little tennis shoe key chains to carry with you throughout the season as a reminder to walk “In His Steps.”
Plan to join us for these weekly Lenten suppers, hosted by the Fellowship Team, and the prayer services afterwards. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex for lent suppers.