- Parent Category: Sunday Bulletins
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
9 March 2014 -- 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
PRELUDE: Kyrie eleison (Livre d'Orgue) -- N. de Grigny
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
INTROIT: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me -- trad. spiritual
CALL TO WORSHIP -- Rev. Verasco
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: sung
(8:30) CONFESSION AND PRAISE
CALL TO CONFESSION -- Rev. Bodden
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (in unison)
Instead of following where you lead, O God, at times we follow a tempter who shows us a vision of the world that is a mere counterfeit of what you desire for us.
At times, O God, we are deceived and enticed
by imitations of love, abundance, and joy.
O God, when you have not answered in the ways or in the time we desire, we have been tempted to lean on our own understanding and not acknowledge you in all ways.
We so often have sought to control our lives and order our own steps, often ignoring your wisdom and pushing your guidance aside.
Help us to trust you to journey with us and to guide us.
Help us to rest in your promise to never leave us or forsake us.
Be with us in these moments of silence as we search our hearts.
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Regardless of whether the temperature, precipitation that falls from the sky or the ground hog know it or not, SPRING IS COMING! March 9 marks the date when we push our clocks ahead one hour and while we lose an hour, we gain more light in our day!!
This is helpful information if you want to make it to church on time. 10 am will feel like 9 am, but won't it be nice to see daylight at 6:30?? Let's hope the thermometer takes the hint from our 'springing ahead' and we get some warmth as we close in on the start of spring in two weeks.
The Heifer Book Fair will be held after services this Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Come on down and treat yourself to the best-priced books around. All paperbacks are 25 cents and all hardbound books are $1.00 a piece.
All youth in the church school will receive a handout paper this week with some information about Heifer International, a fun crossword puzzle and some information about returning the Heifer Coin Boxes by the end of March.
Just shared with me today is the wonderful prayer our church school children wrote with Daphne Stitt some years ago. The words are as true today as they were when written in 2006. I encourage you to print and read this with your family.
We thank you God for all the wonders of your creation, including all the animals we share our world with.
For the animals of the jungle like tigers, monkeys and jaguars.
For the animals of the grasslands like antelopes, prairies dogs and elephants.
For the animals of the oceans like dolphins, sharks, and fish.
For tiny insects like ladybugs, gnats, and ants.
For the animals of the air like bluebirds, robins, and seagulls.
For endangered species like pandas, whales, and bald eagles.
For our pets like rabbits, dogs and cats.
And especially today we thank you God for all farm animals like cows, pigs, horses, and ducks.
We remember the important service Heifer International provides by supplying farm animals to impoverished families all over the world. May the farm animals that our Heifer Book Fair proceeds will buy, help to bring peace and prosperity to many people.
Blessings and Peace to you!
- Parent Category: Programs and Ministries
Worship and Programs for Lent 2014
Lenten Program: “Jesus the Trouble-maker”
Amid the familiar stories and liturgies of Lent hides a Jesus we scarcely know: he caused trouble wherever he went. In these sessions, we shall explore the institutions and people whom Jesus offended, why he confronted them and why they killed him. We shall also seek to discern the institutions and people we might offend as followers of Jesus today. If you wish advance reading for this series, you are encouraged to read Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg. With permission from the author, pp. 15-17, 46-61 will be available on our website and in the Narthex.
Wednesday Evenings, March 12th - April 9th
6:00 – 8:30pm in Fellowship Hall
6:00pm – Supper 7:00pm – Program
Please join us as you are able for part, or all, of the evening.
Services for Lent and Easter appear below.
- Parent Category: Landmark, 2014
Historically in the life of the Church, Lent has been a season set aside for preparation and reflection. Individuals training for membership in the Christian Church, by baptism or confession of faith, along with those who have long been church members have used the forty days prior to Easter (excluding the Sundays that are always celebrations of the Resurrection), to empty themselves to make room for God in the whole of their lives. The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. In the more liturgical churches, and increasingly in the “low” churches (UCC, Baptist, Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, among others), with the imposition of ashes and the