Maundy Thursday

 

Our time together this evening will be rooted in the story of Jesus and his last supper with those closest to him.  We will consider our place at The Lord’s Table and wonder about who might be missing.  We will have a simple supper of soup and bread following our work at different prayer stations around Fellowship Hall.  6-7:15pm.  5265 H Street.
All are welcome.

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Eat.  Drink.  Remember
who I am.

Eat.  Drink.  Remember
who I am
so you can remember
who you are.

Eat.  Drink.  Remember
who I am
so you can remember
who you are
and tell others.

Eat.  Drink.  Remember
who I am
so you can remember
who you are
and tell others
so that all
God’s people
can live
in communion…
in holy communion…..

(from “Kneeling in Jerusalem” by Ann Weems)

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Trust in the face of uncertainty

 

 

photo  by Betty Loumoli

photo by Betty Loumoli

         Some Pharisees came and said to him,
“Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me,
Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures
today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.”

—Luke 13.31-32

Jesus looks at the forces of death,
geared up for the raid,
the jaded dealers of oppression and fear
with their swords and their guns,
the powers, who own the jails
and write their laws
on the backs of the poor,
he looks the powers in the eye
and says to them, “Today,
in this present moment,
and the next day, that follows without fail,
I am doing my healing. And on the third day,
it is already too late for you.
You will already have failed to stop me.”

He looks at his rejection and suffering,
his dying, his death, his being dead,
he looks it in the eye and says,
“Today and tomorrow I am giving life.
On the third day, it is too late for you.
I will have accomplished it.
You have already failed.”

Lord, grant us the courage to confront evil
in whatever forms it presents itself,
the faith to trust the miracle of compassion,
the ability of powerlessness,
and the arresting power of your grace.
Grant us the love to follow the little man
with love and a death sentence.

For even now he goes about
raising people up,
and what he has done is done,
and it can never be undone.
Amen.

~by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Toward Sunday

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We conclude our worship series Give Up Certainty for Lent: Live in the Parables of Jesus as we journey together this week through Holy Week. Please invite your Kitchen Table to join us…

We will gather for a simple meal on Maundy Thursday from 6:00-7:15 pm in the Social Hall on April 17.  This intergenerational worship service will weave music and prayer stations and the story of Jesus’ Last Supper through the lens of Godly Play.  

We will gather for a solemn remembering of Good Friday at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary on April 18.  We will gather around the cross as we hear the story, pray and remember the crucifixion of Jesus. We will offer a special activity for children ten and under while adults gather in the sanctuary.  

We will gather for Easter Sunrise in the Rose Garden of McKinley Park at 6:30 am.  Easter Sunrise will be a beautiful and reflective gathering in the garden as we celebrate resurrection as the sun rises on Easter morning.  

We will celebrate the beauty and mystery of Easter in the Sanctuary of Central UMC (5265 H Street) at 10:30 am with inspiring music and a relevant message.

Both Easter worship services will be rooted in Matthew 28.1-10.  

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb as the first day of the week was dawning…they were met with utter uncertainty as they felt the tremble of an earthquake and encountered the voices of angels.  You might say that Jesus’ life became a parable.  

If you have been following us online or at home,  how has  it been to give up certainty this Lent and live in the parables of Jesus?  What has been most challenging?  What has been most life-giving?  Finally, what feelings and thoughts come up for you as you consider Jesus’ life and death and resurrection to be a parable?