Through the ages faithful people have desired to experience a Holy Lent and thus have engaged in practices of contemplation and repentance. The biblical image is of a journey through the wilderness that leads us toward discovering who we are and who we are not. In this place where we are only allowed to catch glimpses of sunlight we recognize that life is sometimes messy and the path we are on can be confusing and indefinite. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we came to see uncertainty and emptiness and even failure as gifts? What if we came to understand the wilderness as a place of both brokenness and blessing, that place where the Holy Spirit can nudge us and awaken us to a fuller life? As we make our way to the Light that dawns on Easter morning, let us make our way through a place where we let go of those practices and behaviors that keep us from trusting God and embracing the journey that leads to a more vibrant and vital faith.
The Gift of Uncertainty | Sunday, March 5
Jesus in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11)
The Gift of Emptiness | Sunday, March 12
Nicodemus (John 3:1-17)
The Gift of Recognition | Sunday, March 19
The Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:5-42)
The Gift of Getting Lost | Sunday, March 26
The Healing of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
The Gift of Temptation | Sunday, April 2
The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45)
Adult Lent Study, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel
This Lent we invite you to come and learn the disciplines that have been practiced by Christians over the centuries. Pastor Mi-Sook will accompany us as we learn from great teachers like Richard J. Foster and Thomas Merton. Stop by the Adult Faith Development table in the lobby each week to pick up a pack of daily Lent devotional cards or to find a list of other Lenten journey resources. Also available are copies of the Lenten devotional, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days for $6.
Holy Week Worship
Palm Sunday: The Gift of Misfit Community
Sunday, April 9 at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
As our exploration of the wilderness wanderings begins to come to a close, we look around us to acknowledge the kin-dom -the family- that has always and is already right here with us. Sojourners in the wilderness do not go it alone but are blessed with the presence of others who help us see, reflect with us and discover together with us the riches of a life lived with intention. As Jesus comes into Jerusalem at the beginning of that fateful week, he is surrounded by those who will live the uncertainty, temptation and emptiness right alongside him in the week to come.
United Methodist Men’s Annual Pancake Breakfast
fundraiser for “Meals for Millions” 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
What if you could “redeploy” the money you’d spend on your family at the local restaurant after church, provide enough fresh produce to feed a person for a year and still take your family to breakfast? Wouldn’t that be great? You can, by attending our Annual United Methodist Men (UMM) Pancake Breakfast. For a good will donation, you will enjoy pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee, and a big helping of fellowship. All net proceeds benefit Meals for Millions, a project of the National UMM providing fresh produce for just pennies per serving!
Holy Thursday Worship Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Times of wandering through the wilderness are moments when uncertainty, emptiness, lostness and temptation become companions. No one is immune from these aspects of life. Not even Jesus. Indeed, the story of Jesus’ final days in this human life is a story of a journey through a dark night of the soul for all those that surrounded him. We will be guided by six people who walked that journey with him—Mary, friend of Jesus; Simon Peter; Judas; a Roman soldier; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and Salome. They will call us more deeply into our faith story as we enter what the Celts call a “thin place”—a place of disappearing into a space and time where the human and divine seem particularly close. People from all of our multi-site churches are invited to join as one around the table this night.
Children’s Rise UP Event Good Friday, 9:00 –11:00 a.m.
All children are welcome to join us on an exciting journey as we learn about Jesus’ journey to Easter. There will be fun, food, crafts, and much more! Please RSVP to Missy Konopka, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Friday Worship Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Many of us have experienced moments of waiting…waiting by a loved one’s bedside as we prayed for something to turn-around. Waiting for a diagnosis after a test. Waiting for news of any kind. The ones who waited with Jesus during the agonizing hours on the cross knew that they must walk with Jesus, just as Jesus had walked with them throughout his life and ministry. Tonight we come to keep vigil as so many Christians have done through the ages. This will be a time of journeying to prayer stations (including our columbarium), lighting candles, sitting, praying, being silent, singing, poetry and music that speaks to the depths of our souls.
Easter Sunday Worship, April 16 at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The day has arrived! Dawn breaks, a clearing appears in the wilderness, the light breaks through and we journey into our fullness, continuing to embrace the gifts we receive in the wilderness where the Spirit beckons us into extraordinary life.