Holy Week Worship Schedule

Holy Week ScheduleIt’s almost time! Here are the ways we can worship together and celebrate the victory of God in Jesus Christ for you and me:

Friday, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Cherryville Baptist Church, Seven Last Words Service

This three-hour service takes time to reflect on the time Jesus spent on the cross on Good Friday. There are seven different reflections preached around the seven last sayings of Jesus from the gospels. If you’re curious, Pastor Ben is preaching the 6th word (“It is finished”) around 2:10PM. People are welcome to come and go during this prayerful, worshipful time.

Friday, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Fellowship Hall, Tenebrae Service

Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is a reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ interspersed with hymns. Throughout the service, candles are extinguished, remembering that on that Friday the Light of the World was, for a time, extinguished.

Sunday, 7:00am-7:40am, Sunrise Service in Flemington UMC’s Memorial Garden on Maple Ave.

Christians have long welcomed the sun on the morning of Easter, remembering the journey to the tomb “while it was still dark” only to find that Jesus was not there. The tomb was empty, and nothing will ever be the same. We will sing contemporary Christian songs in the garden and greet the day that sees him rise.

Easter Morning Brunch, 8:00am

Our United Methodist Men’s Group is preparing to feed us eggs, sausage, and all the other good stuff. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, 10:30am, Sanctuary, Easter Morning Worship

We are blessed to hear both choirs as well as other amazing music from Greg and Dr. June. Come, be fed, be blessed, and bless God.

 

Encouraging Healthy Appetites

News from Pastor BenJonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shal be over-thrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. Jonah 3:4-5

The story of Jonah is memorable for many reasons. Jonah is introduced as a “reluctant prophet” in the section heading in my Bible, told to “get up and go to Nineveh.” (1:2) His response is to put a big body of water between him and where he received the message. In the midst of a storm, Jonah acknowledges that God is pursuing him and asks to be thrown into the sea where, of course, a giant fish swallows him whole and gives Jonah time to think. When Jonah understands he needs to be faithful, the fish “vomits” him onto dry land, (2:10) where he hears the call again – “go to Nineveh.” (3:2) This time, Jonah listened. Continue reading “Encouraging Healthy Appetites”

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

Pancake DinnerA long time ago, before refrigeration, Christians preparing themselves for the Lenten season of self-denial, reflection, and fasting had a few simple problems: butter, sugar, eggs, syrup, and other decadent ingredients calling out and tempting them as they tried to grow in faith. And so Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday) became a feast day, and pancakes became one of the primary dishes.

Please join us for a pancake feast on February 13, 2018 at 5pm in our Fellowship Hall.

This is a chance to get together and share a meal – invite your neighbors, friends, family, anyone –and we can serve up a warm and satisfying
feast to bless everyone.

February 13, 2018 at 5pm in our Fellowship Hall.

Give Thanks

The Message“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.”

-Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

This Sunday is one of the most important days in the entire Christian calendar: “Christ the King” Sunday. It’s a chance to affirm once more whose world this is, and just who we belong to as the church of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Give Thanks”

How Long, O Lord?

The Message“I don’t understand, but I know my God does.” -Pastor Frank Pomeroy, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas

What can anyone say in the face of violence against the elderly… against children… against a church? I am a voracious reader of news. In the wake of any tragedy, this past Sunday’s tragedy, I refresh the news feed on my phone constantly. I listen to the radio, keep TV news on in the background, all in the hope understand what has taken place, why it happened, where there might be light and hope in the situation. This makes me both typical and also a part of the problem. Continue reading “How Long, O Lord?”

Take Time to Be Holy

The MessageI don’t know what your Thanksgiving looks like. If it’s like mine, it will be loud.

There are annual rituals to attend to for all of us, different but similar. Airport pickups. Inflating air mattresses. Recipes will be pulled out of binders for casseroles everyone loves yet, perplexingly, are only cooked at this one meal this one time of the year. It’s a blessing to be able to celebrate like this. I pray you all have a place to receive love and a warm meal next week. Continue reading “Take Time to Be Holy”

Remembrance and Forgiveness

The MessageI’ve got remembering on my mind this week. Today is Halloween, of course, the “Hallowed Evening” prior to “All Hallow’s Day” or “All Saints Day.” This is a time when we remember the faithful departed and share their hope for “the life of the world to come.”

I think of the people who shaped me and pray you take the time to reflect on those who have shaped you, too. Continue reading “Remembrance and Forgiveness”

You Are Invited!

The MessageIt’s never easy to ask for an invitation after you find out something is happening. There’s always the fear you may not have been invited for a reason. I know I’ve wanted to get the courage up to ask in the past… almost every time (almost) the lack of an invitation was an innocent oversight.

Still, we are the church, a community where all are invited to grow in faith, together. Would you believe there are FOUR events taking place in our church community this week? Continue reading “You Are Invited!”