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Worship Themes in March
‘Journey Toward a New Creation’
Our Lenten Discipline of ‘Letting Go and Letting God’
Our Lenten ‘Journey Toward a New Creation’ will invite us to ‘act locally’ in response to our Advent – Epiphany conversation on Climate Change & The Coming of Christ. We, at First United, now enter a season of ‘re-imagining our facility and presence in downtown Troy.’ We begin by considering our origins, exploring our history, refreshing our mission, letting go of what no longer serves God’s purpose through our community, and letting God lead us into a brand new creation.
Together . . . We . . . Worship God Through Christ
Second Sunday in Lent (Communion)
March 1, 2015
Based on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38
As a covenant community in a journey toward ‘a new creation,’ our primary purpose is ‘to glorify God and enjoy God forever’ in worship. Faithful worship often requires a changed identity, as it did for Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah. It often requires us to ‘lose our lives’ in order to gain them, in the words of Jesus.
Children’s Time: On Worshipping God
Children remain in worship for communion
Adult Education: FUPC Historical Timeline – ‘The First Two Centuries,’ continued
Together . . . We . . . Explore Life in the Spirit
Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2015
(Girl Scout Sunday)
Based on Exodus 20:1-17
‘Life in the Spirit,’ in the Christian tradition, requires commitment to a covenant community, even as we also cultivate our individual spiritual formation. The giving of The Ten Commandments functioned as the effort of our biblical ancestors to support the covenant community they were forming together, as well as offering insight into our spiritual exploration today.
Anthem: If You Love Me
Children’s Time: honoring Girl Scouts & Dana Parker
Children’s Church: On the Ten Commandments (Sue Steele and Kerry Welcome)
Adult Education: FUPC Historical Timeline – ‘The Past Fifty Years’
Mission Focus: One Great Hour of Sharing/Bread for the World Prayers
Together . . . We . . . Demonstrate God’s Inclusive Love
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2015
Based on Ephesians 2:1-10
As a covenant community toward ‘a new creation,’ we bask in the unearned grace of ‘God’s inclusive love,’ allowing it to drench every part of our lives. We express that love toward all whom we meet. We are made whole by the gift of God’s grace!
Anthem: What Wondrous Love?
Children’s Time: What It Means to Love
Children’s Church: planting peas (Nora McDowell and Claudia Schwendeman)
Adult Education: FUPC Historical Time – ‘The Past Fifty Years,’ continued
Together . . . We . . . Work for Peace and Justice
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2015
Based on Jeremiah 31:31-34
The First United instinct to ‘serve the world,’ according to the prophet Jeremiah, comes from the ‘law within’ that God has ‘written on our hearts.’ In a First United ‘Moment for Mission,’ we consider the long history of prophetic witness of God’s people, and discern the ‘writing on our hearts’ for our mission to come.
Environment: visuals of FUPC ‘in service’?
Anthem: We are the Servants of God
Children’s Church: Sue C and Sue S
Adult Formation: Building Visionaries Presentation
‘Colors of Grace’ Choral Cantata
March 29, 2015
Based on Mark 11:11 (Palm Texts) and Mark 14:1-15:47 (Passion Texts)
In a day of ‘turning,’ we join the Jerusalem crowd in celebrating all we believe Jesus has come to do for us. And then we confront the truth of our fear: betrayal, denial, abandonment. Or, for those who remain with Jesus throughout his suffering, the inability to change what is happening. The ‘Journey Toward a New Creation’ appears to lead to death. Is there any hope on the other side?
Children’s Time: On the Meaning of Palms
Children’s Church: On the Passion of Christ (Brendan and Lois Lanoue)
Adult Formation Focus: FUPC Historical Timeline – ‘Toward a New Creation’