April 17 – (Maundy Thursday) – at Christ Church, United Methodist, Fifth Ave. and State St., Troy
Simple Dinner at 6:00 p.m.; Service at 7:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This service is at Christ Church. Free parking is available evenings in the city parking garage adjoining the church accessed from Fifth Avenue. Those who wish to park at First United and walk the two blocks will meet in our parking lot at 5:45pm. We hosted members of Christ Church for our Ash Wednesday service in February, and we will “travel” to their church to share a simple dinner and service for Maundy Thursday. From the meal time in their fellowship area, we will move to the sanctuary for worship, which will include music of Taize, and Communion.
April 20 – (Easter Sunday) – 10:00 a.m.
Texts: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-14; Matthew 28:1-10
Sermon Title and Theme: What It Is All About – Easter is the major festival day of the Christian faith. While we usher in the love of “God with us” at Christmas, the declaration “Christ is risen” is “what it is all about” for us as a resurrection people. We will look at ways this declaration has become complicated and cumbersome as it has been layered with centuries of biased jargon and institutional doctrine, and then consider how to shed those layers so we can declare resurrection faith with our lives.
April 27 – (First Sunday in Eastertide) – 10:00 a.m. - Communion
Texts: Genesis 15, John 20: 19-31
Sermon Title - Theme: Fear-Filled Waiting in the Easter Season-
The Rev. Shannan Vance Ocampo, preaching. In January of this year, Shannon began as Albany Presbytery’s Transitional Presbyter, and so she shares our building and we see her in the hallways. We welcome Shannan leading in worship as we come to the end of our own “transitional” time at First United.