Looking Ahead…

 

3/17        Second Sunday in Lent

Text:                  Luke 13:31-35

Message:         Ruffling Feathers

Herod Antipas, the plotting Pharisees, the power players in Jerusalem, all the first who would be first, then and now, desire to see themselves as masters of the universe, invulnerable and imperial, behind their relentless, clever maneuvering.  In our text (Luke 13:31-35), Jesus calls their death-dealing by name, yet also sees them as barnyard chicks lost in a storm, too afraid and too stubborn to find shelter under the shadow of the mother hen’s wings.   Join us as we hear Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem in our message Ruffling Feathers.

3/24                Third Sunday in Lent

Text:                Luke 13:1-9

Message:      Taking up Space

In Luke 13:1-9, we are confronted with the issue of self-righteous anger.  Against the backdrop of Pilate’s killing of the Galileans in the Temple and the disaster with the tower of Siloam, Jesus points us to the fig tree and brings us down to earth with talk of fertilizer and fruit-bearing.

 

3/31                Fourth Sunday in Lent

Text:                2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Message:      The Scandal of Grace

Other:              UMCOR Offering

                            (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu once wrote, “Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations.”  Join us for a closer look at the ministry of reconciliation.

We will also receive this year’s UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Offering.  For more than 50 years, UM congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.  All the gifts UMCOR receives through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover UMCOR’s costs of doing business.  Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects our donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs.

 

April 7           Fifth Sunday in Lent

Text:                   John 12:1-8

Message:         The Fragrance of Faith

Other:                Holy Communion

Mary’s lavish act of anointing Jesus occurs in a moment of calm before the storm of treachery and betrayal.  Indeed, while we live our lives in the shadow of the cross, we also in the presence of the risen Christ who invites us to move from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance.  Our message, The Fragrance of Faith, will come from John 12:1-8.  Our worship will also include the celebration of Holy Communion.