Maundy Thursday Service

maundythursdaybannerJoin us Thursday evening, April 2nd at 7:00 PM for a service of scripture, song, silence, and communion as we gather together to commemorate the last meal shared by Jesus and his disciples.

Entering the Wilderness

You can find the bulletin here and the sermon notes here.

Opening the Bible

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During the season of Lent this year, we will “open the Bible” and learn and experience ways that we are able to encounter scripture. We will learn some basic Biblical history and background, learn and practice ways scripture is engaged besides just studying it and talking about it, and ponder the ways the Bible impacts our individual and corporate lives. Curated and facilitated by Pastor Jason, this time together will include teaching, conversation, and practice. It is suitable for those who are very familiar with the Bible as well as for those who have never or rarely opened it. So invite your friends that are curious about the Bible and join us Wednesday evenings February 25th – March 25th at 7:00 in the church parlor.

Light in the Dark

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As one of the most influential figures in history, Jesus has been one of the most explored images in the history of film. You are invited to join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 during Lent for movie clips, teaching, and conversation as Pastor Jason shares his research and passion regarding Jesus in film.

March 12th Jesus Goes to Hollywood: The Classics King of Kings, The Passion of St. Matthew, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Jesus of Nazareth

March 19th The Part of Jesus Will be Played By: Christ Figures in Film Shane, The Green Mile

March 26th Feminine Grace: Female Christ Figures in Film Babette’s Feast, Whale Rider, Spitfire Grill, Chocolat

April 2nd That’s Not My Jesus: Controversial Portrayals Jesus Christ Superstar, The Life of Brian, The Last Temptation of Christ

April 9th The Latest. The Greatest? Joshua, The Gospel of John, Passion of the Christ, Son of God

Daily Readings: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV, The Message); Deuteronomy 16:1-8 (NRSV, The Message); Philippians 2:1-11 (NRSV, The Message)

Thank God—he’s so good.
His love never quits!
Psalm 118:29 (The Message)

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:1-4 (The Message)

The readings are preparing us for the beginning of Holy Week. Deuteronomy explains the Feast of Passover, why Jesus was heading for Jerusalem.

Philippians reminds us that Jesus, being equal with God, “when the time came set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!” Therefore, we have the option of following his example to put ourselves aside and help others to get ahead.