Ash Wednesday Drive Thru Ashes
February 17, 5:30pm-7pm,
King St. Parking Lot
Enter on the East end from Division Street and exit at the West end to Minnesota Street. Rev. Maggie will intinct ashes, or if preferred, hand out a small container of ashes, and share a brief prayer. Please remain in your vehicle and wear a mask.
Lent Devotionals at Home
Download resources to help deepen your faith as we embark on the Lenten journey together.
Daily Lent Cards- Activities for each day of Lent, organized by week. Do as many or as few as you like. Contact the office or Jes to receive a digital or hard copy.
Alleluia Coloring Page- spend time in prayer and contemplation while coloring individually or as a family. Drop off your picture, or scan and email to the church, to add your page to the Easter display. Contact the office or Jes to receive a digital or hard copy. See this link for suggestions on incorporating coloring into prayer and meditation. How to Use Coloring in Your Prayer Time
Resurrection Garden- Create a small garden in a potting tray complete with an empty tomb. If you plant seeds, watch them grow and green up your garden as Easter approaches. Download the PDF supply list and instructions here.
Lent Worship Series
This sermon series entitled Citizens of God’s Kingdom is all about the three chapters in Matthew that has sometimes been called the sermon on the mount, a label Matthew never used. These three chapters tell us that the kingdom of Heaven is not some abstract place with pearly gates and golden slippers, harp music, and a bunch of angels flapping their wings. The kingdom of heaven occurs when people take the words of Jesus in these chapters to heart and live into them. The sermon on the Mount is in fact a beginner’s guide to being citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Sunday, February 21, 2021; First Sunday in Lent
Citizens of God’s Kingdom…Called to be Blessed
Theme: God defines the world much differently than we do and is in fact re-making the world in such a way that defines God’s people by their character and conduct more than their heritage.
Read: Matthew 5:1-12, The Message
Sunday, February 28, 2021; Second Sunday in Lent
Citizens of God’s Kingdom…Lamplight vs. Starlight
To be a citizen of God’s Kingdom is to be a living sign of God’s presence in our world.
Read: Matthew 5:13-20, The Message
Sunday, March 7, 2021; Third Sunday in Lent; Communion
Citizens of God’s Kingdom…Do No Harm
Intentionally doing no harm is a vital practice in living a holy life, if we want to be citizens of God’s Kingdom.
Read: Matthew 5:38-48, The Message
Sunday, March 14, 2021, Fourth Sunday in Lent; UMCOR Sunday
Citizens of God’s Kingdom…A Sustainable Life
We generally talk about sustainability as related to living on the planet but Jesus says our spiritual life is also about sustainability in that it allows us to function today without using up all the resources that God provides.
Read: Matthew 6:24-34, The Message
Sunday, March 21, 2021, Fifth Sunday in Lent
Citizens of God’s Kingdom…Specks, Logs, and Other Blind Spots
Unfortunately some of us who follow in the Way of Jesus are prone to being self-righteous, holier than thou people on earth. But Jesus reminds us that we are all human beings and therefore imperfect.
Read: Matthew 7:1-5, New Revised Standard Version
Palm & Passion Sunday
March 28, 10am Online
Sermon: "Citizens of God’s Kingdom…
No Instant Maturity"
All of us are fascinated with short cuts. We want to be saints instantly. But Jesus tells us that it is a journey for the rest of our lives.
Read: Matthew 7:15-23, NRSV
All are invited to participate in our long-distance Palm Sunday celebration by sending a short video of yourself and/or your family waving anything you like- branches of greenery, blankets or towels, or even your laundry! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Thursday & Good Friday events/services will be posted soon.
April 1, Available online at noon on our YouTube channel
"Healed and Still Healing"
This culminating moment of our Lenten worship liturgies invites us to consider a commission from Christ to his disciples: to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. These are the very things his disciples have seen him do and that we have sought to witness for our own lives in this Lenten season of recovery. What will we do with this commission? How will we address ongoing pain with hope and conviction, even though we, ourselves, are “healed and yet still healing”?
Lay readers and musicians share the story of the last days of Jesus, beginning with the Great Commissioning, through his final supper with his friends, his prayer in the garden and questioning by the high priest.
Consider darkening the room, lighting with candles, and having a small bowl of oil close at hand there will be two rituals of anointing during this service.
Join us tomorrow at noon online or in-person for our Interfaith Good Friday as we consider the last words of Jesus.
Interfaith Service, April 2, In-person 7 Online (Zoom link below)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 411 N. Saliman Road.
"The Last Words of Jesus"
Our interfaith community will meditate on the last words of Jesus with scripture, prayer, and song. Join in-person or online.
of Our Lord Sunday
April 4, 10am
Online & In-Person Outdoors
Weather permitting, all are invited to join us for our hybrid in-person and outdoor service in our parking lot on King Street. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We will have a few folding chairs available, but if possible, please bring a lawn chair or folding chair.
If it is raining or snowing, the service will be streaming only. Please check if the weather is questionable that morning!
The service will be simultaneously live-streamed for those who wish to remain at home using our familiar format on our YouTube channel.
QR/Touchless Egg Hunt
Continue our Easter celebrations by hunting down our hidden QR Easter eggs! Paper eggs will be hidden all over the church property, from the south side of the King Street building all the way to the north side of the preschool. See if you can find them all!
For even more fun, when you find the egg, scan the QR code with a smartphone for extra-special fun!
Not sure what a QR code is? check the following links:
What is a QR Code?
Scanning QR Code for updated iPhones
Scanning QR Code for updated Android phones.
And don't worry, if you want to try this interactive, but are having difficulty, Jes and others will be available to help you get started!