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This week’s Bulletin:April 21, 2019

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Lent and Holy Week 2019

This year our Lent and Holy Week theme is “Listen: Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own Voice.” This powerful 40-day journey will prepare us for our Easter celebration and ministry by empowering us to listen. Listening is hard in our busy and loud society. There is so much noise and so many distractions.

Have you ever lost your cell phone when the ringer was turned off? You ask someone to call your phone and then ask everyone to be quiet. You get as still and quiet as possible, you close your eyes, and you concentrate as hard as you can to try to hear that small sound of a vibrating phone. This Lent will be the same. We will be trying to quiet ourselves while concentrating our attention to listen for the “still, small voice” of God and our own true selves as we share who we are and allow the Spirit to lead us. Listening through prayer and meditation as the most ancient Biblical spiritual practices and this Lent, we will work to improve and enrich our prayer lives as a gift to ourselves, as a gift to our families and communities, and as a gift for our Creator.

 Maundy Thursday April 18th at 6.00 pm:

On Maundy Thursday, we will be celebrating Jesus’ gathering with his friends in the Upper Room. This special service will include a communal meal and a Tenebrae prayer service. After the meal, children are invited to join Lily Nutt in their own special Upper Room experience.

Good Friday Service, April 19th at 12 noon:

On Good Friday, we will observe the crucifixion of Jesus with a 12-noon service of prayer and word.

Easter Sunrise Service, April 21st at 6 am:

Bright and early on Easter Sunday morning at 6 am, we will celebrate the resurrection by gathering for worship at Stratham Hill Park for our special sunrise service. We will listen for the voice of God in our natural world as the first rays of light break across the sky with the Gospel of John, special music, and communion.

Easter Sunday Morning Service, April 21st at 10 am:

Our special Easter Sunday morning service will be a celebration of the empty tomb and resurrection with special music, brass, our beloved choir and hearing the still voice of God through the Gospel of John. All are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunter, April 21st at 11.15 am:

Following Easter Sunday Worship, there will be an Easter Egg hunt with dedicated search areas for pre-school and elementary age school children. Please bring the children with their baskets to the Rust Room after the service. Contact Lily Nutt for more information. Donations of: plastic eggs and treats to place inside the eggs are needed. Please drop off at the Church Office.

 

 

No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Always seeking God’s will and led by the example of Jesus Christ as Lord, we are a community of people who care for each other, honor all generations, reach out to individuals and families, and embrace people of diverse human experience. We want to be aware of, involved in, and committed to ministries of peace, outreach, mission, concern for the environment, and social justice. All are welcome here!

 Worship is held in our beautiful 250-seat Sanctuary every Sunday morning. In Winter, Spring and Fall, we begin at 10:00 am. During the summer, worship begins at 9:30 am. Dates for the transitions are well-publicized. Summer services are usually shorter, and more casual, without a choir. Read more…

 


 

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