The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about "giving something up”—a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about "giving up" and more about "making room?" In this Lent series, we will find out what it really costs to be so busy. Let us reconnect to an unhurried God.
Holy Week April 14 to April 21
Palm Sunday, April 14th 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. “Give it a Rest” As we give witness yet again to the story of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, proclaiming justice for the oppressed, we must also proclaim justice and peace... and rest... for the weary of this world.
Maundy Thursday, April 18th 6:30 p.m. “Reconnecting With An Unhurried God” Come, gather around the Lord’s Supper. The meal Jesus offered his disciples during their last Passover together. At the Last Supper, Jesus was doing and saying things that he knew would be his last. How would we spend our time if we knew there was not much of it left?
Good Friday,April 19th Good Friday draws us into the heart of Jesus’ Passion; his suffering and death on the cross for our salvation. Time at the cross frees us from death and sin, so we may find room to live into the promises of a resurrected life.
This year, we will offer "Stations of the Cross". Come anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to walk the way of Jesus through scripture, art, prayer stations, and individual reflection. Enter through the Ontario St. Doors). Signage and booklets will lead you into and through the stations placed around the worship space.
Easter Celebration! Sunday, April 21st Potluck Brunch – 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Worship at 10:00 a.m.: Come celebrate our Risen Christ with special music, Holy Communion, and the promise of new life. Thank you for sharing your Easter lilies as a means of declaring, “Christ is Risen!”
Sundays - 8:15 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
March 10th- "The Right Tempo": As we begin our "Busy" series, we discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy?
March 17th- "Tuning In": The lesson here is not that it is bad to work, but that we also need times of connection to God. Tuning in to the holy may mean just taking time to notice things that are beckoning to dwell with us a while. What contemplative practices can feed and nourish our active lives?
March 24th- "Preparing the Table": An unhurried God is present with us in the good times and in the difficult times and invites us to be radically present to each other in the same way. Have we been too busy to be really present to one another?
March 31st- "Living Light": No one, at the end of their life, would say, "I should have spent more time at the office." And yet many of us live with the tyranny of measuring-up that keeps us weighed down. How do we create space to flourish in the ways God intends?
April 7th - "A Time for Every Matter": For many of us in this modern, industrial, tech-savvy world, we have lost touch with the seasonality of life. We come to believe that no time is off limits and the lines between busy and rest, work and play, have become increasingly blurred. At what cost to ourselves, to our relationships, and to our planet is this frantic pace?
April 14th - "Give it a Rest": As we give witness yet again to the story of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, proclaiming justice for the oppressed, we must also proclaim justice and peace... and rest... for the weary of this world.
Mid-Week Lenten Opportunities:
Simple Soup Supper & Evening Prayer: Wednesdays, March 13 - April 10
6:00 p.m. - Come for fellowship and Soup (kind varies each week).
7:00 p.m. - Prayer Practices (Prayer, song, and reflection in the fellowship hall) focusing on different methods of prayer to encourage your reconnection with an unhurried God.