Maundy Thursday marks the the meal at which Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
At this meal, Jesus’ disciples still don’t quite realize what is about to happen, but atmosphere at the meal is fraught.
This year, Maundy Thursday falls on April 13th. At 6:30pm we’ll have a simple service to give thanks and to ponder what lies ahead.
This year, Ken has a new series of 7 sermons that lead us from Ash Wednesday through Lent to Easter. Each week he will consider a Psalm in its relationship to the season of Lent, a time of both repentance and anticipation. He’ll explore how the the attitudes expressed in the Psalms of the ancient Hebrews apply to our thinking about Jesus’ life, self-giving sacrifice, and the wonder of Easter. Here are the Psalms we’ll be looking at:
||Confession (Psalm 32)
||Seeking (Psalm 34)
||Thirsting (Psalm 42)
||Resting (Psalm 91)
||To the World (Psalm 98)
||The True King (Psalm 110)
|March 27 (Easter)
||Prayer of Security (Psalm 16)
Once again this Christmas Eve, we have a special program of music and readings as a celebration. At 4:30, we start with half an hour of seasonal music, then, at 5:00, we have a short service on the model of lessons and carols. It should be a wonderful time, and all are invited!
This coming Sunday, December 20th, Ken’s sermon topic comes from Micah 5:1-6. Speaking to Israel around 700 BC, the prophet Micah tells of a king to come. He paints a sad picture of the northern and southern kingdoms, especially when taken together with Amos’ litany of corruption and exploitation from last week’s readings. Like Amos, he warns that the corruption of that age has brought God’s judgment, but also that the instruments of that judgment will be Assyria and Babylon, whose invasions of Israel will bring terrible depredations, with many being taken into captivity and enslaved. Following that, however, will come a shepherd king born in Bethlehem from the line of David. He is the one who will restore the people of God, bringing God’s forgiveness and healing. He is the One whose return we await even today.