Lenten Studies 2017

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Lenten Studies 2017

"Praise the God of Resurrection" Cantata on March 5, 2017 sets the stage for our study of Mark.  
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enten Cantata 2017

LENTEN THEME - "RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES"
You are invited to come into the Season of Lent
By coming into the First Gospel

“The Gospel of Mark is all about learning to see clearly,” writes John Blackwell in his book A Whole New World.  “Mark’s Gospel is all about insight.  His ultimate goal is to open our eyes so that we can see the world that is right before our eyes, recognizing the Christ who is right in front of us.”

Join us this Lent for an exploration of the First Gospel from the pulpit and through small-group Bible Study.  The kingdom of God is here.  The kingdom of God is now.  Christ is here among us—right before our eyes.                    

Wednesday, March 1 - Ash Wednesday Service in Sanctuary - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5     "Not A Matter of Talk"  
Mark 1:14-16; Col. 1:13-14; 1 Cor. 4:20
Sunday, March 12   "We Have Never Seen Anything Like This!"   Mark 2:1-12; Isaiah 35:3-6; Heb. 11:1
Sunday, March 19   "The Wind and the Waves" Mark 4:35-41; Jonah 2:1-6
Sunday, March 26   "Who Touched Me?" Mark 5:21-43; Jeremiah 8:19, 22
Sunday, April 2  "You Have Eyes - Can't You See?" 
Mark 8:1-21; 2 Kings 4:42-44 

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday - "The Christening" Mark 14:3-9; Isaiah 53:4-5
Palm Sunday brings us to the edge of Jesus’ journey to torture, arrest, trial, rejection and finally crucifixion.  We, who follow, will forever stand at this juncture with roiling emotions.  What began as joyous celebration ended at death's door.  A day that began with shouts of "Hosanna" soon moved to cries of "crucify him".

HOLY WEEK BEGINS

Sunday, April 9 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm in Lehman Hall
"A Christian Seder"

Thursday, April 13 - 7:30 pm in Lehman Hall
Maundy Thursday Communion  "This is my Body" Mark 14:12-50
The recognition of this time with Jesus and his disciples in the upper room is built upon Jesus’ commandment (mandatum in latin) to "love one another as I have loved you".  Jesus demonstrates compassionate love in washing his disciples’ feet.  He teaches them to serve others with the same loving humility.  Their celebration of the Passover Meal has become our Lord's Supper.  

Prayer Vigil begins at 8:30 pm in The Chapel (ends Good Friday at 7:30 pm)  We invite people to sign up in the Commons for 30 minute time slots as a way of keeping vigil in prayer, with Christ, for Christ and because of Christ having entered our world.

Friday, April 14 - 12:00 noon in Sanctuary
Good Friday Service "That We May See and Believe"  Mark 15:16-39
We may always wonder how Good Friday got its name given that this was the day Jesus died.  It becomes 'good' as we understand why Jesus dies...to take upon himself our sin and to offer us the gift of abundant life.

Sunday, April 16 - Easter Sunday
6:30 am Sunrise Service at Veteran’s Park
9:00 am & 11:00 am services at Knox

"He is Risen!"    Mark 16:1-8

Easter Sunday   April 16
6:30 am Sunrise Service at Veteran’s Park
9:00 am & 11:00 am services at the church
Resurrection!  The lasting gift of eternal Life!  Let the church bells peel and the people rejoice! 

He is risen, risen indeed!

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