Our sermon series for Lent, Singing the Blues in a Post-Soul World, is inspired by the book of a similar title by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago, Illinois.


The Blues, a musical genre that influenced Jazz and Hip Hop, is a style of music born of the pain and anguish of the Black experience in America. It is important to also note that Black preaching gleaned some of the gifts of the Blues and is sometimes referred to as Black or “Blue Note” preaching.

Moss explained that he is given the grand privilege of not only preaching about the magnificent and sometimes painful history from which this kind of preaching is birthed. We hope to follow suit with this Lenten sermon series.

       

Preaching and Singing the Blues in a Post-Soul World is an honest way of realizing and stating that “the world is not right, but God is still in the world.” Exactly the kind of message we need right now.



LENTEN DEVOTIONAL

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Lent is a time of reflection and insight, a change of seasons - and Emily Dickinson, one of the world’s most beloved poets, was also an avid gardener and a careful observer of the natural world. In this Lenten devotional, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices weave together with Dickinson’s poetic vision, creating a 40-day journey into the heart of the holiest week of the year.


All you’ll need is your favorite Bible and a collection of Dickinson’s poems (all the poems in the devotional can also be found online). Week by week, we’ll walk through the garden together toward Easter morning - with Emily Dickinson as our guide.  


Our Midday Check-Ins on Tusdays and Thursdays will use this devotional for our prayer time during Lent. 



LENTEN BOOK STUDY

 Thursdays at 6:33pm

via Zoom

 

Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages―Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony―offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and intensify their commitment to what matters most.

 


BLESSING BAG SUPPLIES


Blessing Bags are our way of caring for the poor during the Season of Lent. Click the link below to sign up to bring supplies. Please bring your items for the Blessing Bags no later than Saturday, March 27. Then plan to pick up filled blessing bags to keep in your car on March 28 between 12:30 - 1:30pm.



ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

Wednesday February 17 at 6:33pm

via Facebook Live or Livestream

 

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is perhaps one of the most meaningful worship services of the church year. Christians throughout the world will gather to prepare for the journey of Lent by confessing our sins against God, each other and our own best selves. As part of the worship service we will receive the mark of ashes on our foreheads. Ashes can be picked up at the church on February 14 between 12:30-2:00pm.

 

If you want this year to be different, if you want this Easter to have power and meaning for your life, then worship with us on Ash Wednesday and begin once again, your journey to Easter.

 


DRIVE-BY PICK UP

Sunday March 28 between 12:30pm-2:00pm

In the church parking lot


Blessing Bags are our way of caring for the poor during the Season of Lent. 


WEEKLY WORSHIP

Sundays February 21 -  March 28 at 11:00am

via Facebook Live or Livestream



The Season of Lent provides us the opportunity to participate in some of the most meaningful worship services of the church year. Perhaps one of your Lenten disciplines could be to worship weekly on Sundays at 11:00am. It is in our shared worship where we will learn to be the people God has created and called us to be.



PALM CROSSES

Delivered to You 

via USPS



We will be sending small woven palm crosses to anyone who would like one. The crosses are traditionally handed out on Palm Sunday and are symbolic of the palm fronds that were waved as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem.



PALM SUNDAY

Sunday March 28 at 11:00am

via Facebook Live or Livestream



Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road. The hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"



GOOD FRIDAY

Friday April 2 at 6:33pm

via Facebook Live or Livestream



On Good Friday we remember the last supper Jesus had with his disciples and his betrayal at the hands of his friends. If you want your Easter Sunday to have a deeper and lasting meaning, please plan on joining us for onlinne worship on Good Friday. This service of music, scripture, dowsing of the lights, and stripping of the altar is among the most beautiful and meaningful of our church year. 



DEVILED EGGS AND MACARONS

Delivery on Saturday, April 3

 

 

If you would like a delivery of deviled eggs and macarons, click the link below no later than Tuesday, March 30. Deliveries will be made on Holy Saturday.

 


EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday April 4 at 11:00am

via Facebook Live or Livestream



Easter Sunday is the high holy day of our Christian faith. We so hope you will join us for our online worship service when we will remember the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of new life for all of us; yesterday, today and forever.



EASTER RECEPTION

Sunday April 4 at 12:15pm

via Zoom

 

 

Since our very first Easter together, New church has had a tradition of gathering after worship for a time of fellowship with deviled eggs and macarons. Even though we may not be able to gather in person for Easter this year, we will livestream Easter worship, and will continue our tradition by gathering on Zoom at the conclusion of our Easter Worship Service for a Virtual Easter Reception.