Opening the Promise: A Lenten Journey at Condon UCC

Opening the Promise: A Lenten Journey at Condon UCC

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 10.16.07 AMLent is the forty weekdays & the inclusive Sundays of preparation before Easter. It is traditionally a time of introspection & penitence but it does not have to be solemn. The purpose of Lent is to move closer to God. The traditional question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” can be the wrong question when it focuses on sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice. The better question is, “What are you going to do to bring you closer to God?”

Some try a new spiritual practice. Some “give up” something that gets in the way of closeness with God. What about you?

As we journey through Lent toward Easter, we will remember God’s covenant with all of God’s people. Using the colors of the rainbow (non-liturgical) we will remember and explore the promises from God. (The liturgical color of purple will remain consistent on the communion table throughout the season.)

As part of our lenten journey, please read the indicated Bible passage before worship each week and join the adult Bible study. Also, please wear the weekly color as indicated if you’re able.

Ash Wednesday The Promise of a Shepherd
March 5, 2014 @ Noon
Read John 10:1-18 The Good Shepherd

First Sunday of Lent The Promise of Resurrection
March 9, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Purple | Read John 11:1-44 Raising Lazarus

Second Sunday of Lent The Promise of Cleansing
March 16, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Blue | Read John 13: 1-17 Foot washing

Third Sunday of Lent The Promise of Mistakes
March 23, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Green | Read John 18:12-27 Peter’s Denial

Fourth Sunday of Lent The Promise of Conflict
March 30, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Yellow | Read John 18:28-40 Jesus & Pilate

Fifth Sunday of Lent The Promise of Being Reviled & Shunned
April 6, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Orange | Read John 19:1-16a Jesus Condemned

Palm Sunday The Promise of Death
April 13, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Red | Read John 20:1-18

Maundy Thursday The Promise of Grief
April 17, 2014 @ 6:00
Soup Meal @ 5:30 | Read John 19:23-30 & 19:31-42

Good Friday The Promise of Community
April 18, 2014
4:00 Worship @ UCC
Shared meal at 4:45 at St. John’s Catholic Church
6:00 Worship @ St. John’s Catholic Church

Easter Vigil The Promise of Prayer
April 18-April 19

Easter Sunday The Promise of Resurrection
April 20, 2014 @ 10:30
Wear Rainbow | Read John 20:1-18

Bible Study & Worship are a Go

hopeinwinter-001.jpgThe building is warm though the roads are a bit wintry. Join us this morning at 9:00 for Bible Study. (We’re looking at two healing stories in the gospel of John.) Then, join us for worship at 10:30. We will Skype with Maggie Sebastian who will share observations and answer our questions about her ongoing month-long trip to Guatemala.

As much as we’d like you to join us this morning, if you do not feel safe walking or driving to the church, please stay safe at home. Your safety is more important than your presence today.

Beginning to Explore the Gospel of John

As we begin our exploration of the Gospel of John (in Bible studies and in worship), we will be talking about ways in which it has been misused for hatred — specifically anti-semitism and anti-Judaism. We will also look for ways in which the original writer may have been biased in writing the gospel.

I recommend folks watch this short video from the Living the Questions study series. The video features Amy-Jill Levine, Jewish New Testament scholar and author of “The Misunderstood Jew.”


Scripture Readings for Jan. 13-19

Scripture Readings for Jan. 13-19

Untitled_9393921303_lJohn 2:13-25 NRSV
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
Psalm 127:1-2 NRSV
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
    the guard keeps watch in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives sleep to his beloved.
Adult Bible Studies are Friday @ 1 p.m. at Summit Springs Village or Sunday @ 9 a.m. at the church. Join us!