Good Friday in Condon

Good Friday in Condon

Crucifixion-76ybva91-largeIf you’re in the Condon area, please join us for our Good Friday events at the UCC and Catholic churches.

4:00 Service at UCC
5:00 Shared Meal at St. Johns Catholic Church
6:00 Service at St. John’s Catholic Church

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Opening the Promise: Holy Week Journey

Opening the Promise: Holy Week Journey

We entered Holy Week through the gates of Jerusalem with Jesus on Sunday. Our journey with Jesus this week will take us to the Last Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 10.16.07 AMSupper on Thursday evening as we share a soup meal at 5:30 followed by our Maundy Thursday service at 6:00. 

To reach the resurrection on Easter Sunday, we must acknowledge the death and despair felt by the original disciples on Good Friday. We will gather at 4:00 for a short service, walk or drive to St. John’s Catholic Church for a shared meal at 5, and a final service with our sisters and brothers in the church universal at 6:00.
Saturday is a day of prayer. We still have some slots for the vigil at the church (3-3:30, 3:30-4, 4:30-5, 5-5:30, 5:30-6, 6-6:30, 6:30-7, 7-7:30, and 7:30-8.) Please let Tim know by email rev.timgraves@gmail.com or let Maggie know by email maggie@revmother.org or phone 304-559-7637, if you can fill one of these slots.
And, of course, we will have a grand celebration as love overcomes death on Easter Sunday. We will have special live music by Sharon Hamner’s grand- daughter (and Myrtle’s great – granddaughter).
Please invite others to join us for one, two, or more of these services!

Holy Week Services & Activities

Condon United Church of Christ enters Holy Week on Sunday, April 13 embracing the Promises of the Faith.  Holy Week, the time when Christians remember the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, will be marked with several activities at the church.  Palm Sunday worship at10:30 a.m. will focus on the Promise of Death.  Brunch will be served following service.  Everyone is encouraged to wear red.
 
Maundy Thursday service on April 17 will be at 6:00p.m. following a soup dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Good Friday celebrates the Promise of Community with several ecumenical events for the community of Condon.  A short service will be held at the church at 4:00p.m. followed by a shared meal at St. John’s Catholic Church.  A closing service will then be held at St. John’s at 6:00p.m.
 
The congregation of Condon United Church of Christ will be holding a prayer vigil at the church from 8a.m. – 8p.m. on Saturday, April 19 in preparation for Easter.  Easter Sunday services will be at 10:30 a.m. celebrating the Promise of Resurrection.  Coffee hour and Easter egg hunt for children will immediately follow the service.  
 
Condon United Church of Christ, following the extravagant love of Jesus, warmly invites and welcomes everyone.
Ash Wednesday Message

Ash Wednesday Message

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Today we begin the season of Lent. 

Lent 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? What will you do to bring you closer in-tune with God?

Ash Wednesday service is at noon today. Please join us if you’re able.

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