Lenten Worship Series – “Roll Down Justice”
This year’s Lenten worship series is inspired by the prophet Amos, whose message is that God calls us to let “justice roll down like waters” (Amos 5:24). As we explore the biblical call to justice, we will incorporate the powerful music of composer Mark Miller, the liturgy of worship designer Marcia McFee, the prayer poetry of Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling, and the words of our baptismal vows.
Ash Wednesday – March 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Scripture: Amos 5: 21-24
Anthem: “Make Me an Instrument of Peace”
The season of Lent begins with a call to repent, which means to “turn around.” This year, we will turn from our apathy, from simply “going through the motions” of our life and worship. Instead we will pray to be active instruments of peace and agents of change in the world.
First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017
“Naming Each One”
Scripture: Romans 8: 31-39
Anthem: “Child of God”
In a world that seems obsessed with who is “right and wrong,” “good or bad,” “in or out” or on “this side or that side,” it is a radical endeavor to name each person as “Child of God”.
Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017
Scripture: Psalm 13
Anthem: “How Long?”
Over half of the liturgical songs of the Israelites were Psalms of Lament, giving voice to the pain of the people. Today we lament the injustice of our own time. And yet, we also remember that through our baptism we are given the “freedom and power to resist evil in all its forms” as we “put our whole trust in God.”
Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-40
Anthem: “I Dream of a Church”
At our baptism, we promise to nurture one another and to “serve as Christ’s representatives in the world.” Today we ask the question, “Do we as the church look and act like Jesus?”
Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017
“Communities of Forgiveness”
Scripture: Luke 23: 32-43
Anthem: “I Choose Love”
Each time someone is baptized, the whole church body gathered also makes vows. One of the things we promise is to be a community of love and forgiveness. Each day we must choose between letting the difficult things about life create resentment in us, or allowing the work of forgiveness to make way for love.
Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017
Scripture: Isaiah 58: 6-12:
Anthem: “God Has Work for Us to Do”
As we break bread today, we remember that as long as there are those who are hurting, hungry, excluded and oppressed, we are called to be faithful disciples, setting a table and inviting all to the feast.
Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017
“We Are One”
Scripture: Isaiah 35: 1-3; Matthew 21: 1-11
Anthems: “The Day is Coming” and "Roll Down, Justice!"
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem enacted a coming day when power is displayed not with military might but through solidarity in the name of love and justice. We pray for a time when we are one, supporting one another on the road of life, not tearing one another down because of our differences.
Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM
“Journey to the Water”
Scripture: Psalm 42
Anthem: “Traveling Companions”
Our Lenten journey will lead us to the waters of baptismal renewal in the dark of night. Drawing on the ancient Vigil ritual that incorporates Light, Water, Word and Table, we will make a pilgrimage through the church, moving through our faith story then and now.
Good Friday Service of Tenebrae, April 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM
The betrayal by a close friend. The arrest on trumped up charges. The farce of a trial. The crucifixion by an unjust empire. This service of Tenebrae recalls the injustices that cost Jesus his life. Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is based on a twelfth-century late night service and is an extended meditation on the Passion of Christ. During this powerful service of readings and hymns, a candle is extinguished after each Scripture lesson recounting the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. At the conclusion of the service we will leave the sanctuary in near-darkness and silence as we await Easter.
Easter Sunday – April 16, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-9
This is the day we proclaim that justice does indeed roll down in a stream of love that cannot be stopped! We celebrate (in William Sloane Coffin's words) “the victory of seemingly powerless love over loveless power.”
Lenten Small Group Study
In conjunction with our Lenten worship series entitled “Roll Down, Justice”, Pastor Arlene will be facilitating a six-week discussion series developed by the United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR). The series is based on a collection of social justice hymns recently published by Mark Miller of Drew University School of Theology. Each session includes video of Miller performing and reflecting on the focus hymn.
We meet Sunday mornings from 9:15—10:00 in the Youth Room.
March 5: “Child of God”
March 12: “How Long?”
March 19: “I Dream of a Church”
March 26: “I Choose Love”
April 2: “God Has Work for Us to Do”
April 9: “The Day is Coming”
If you are unable to join us in person, you can access the study guides and watch the videos online by clicking here.
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