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Monday, March 30, 2015

Passion Week at UCC Congregational


Come to church on this Holy Week. Don't wait for the right reasons to come. You can come for the wrong reasons, but come. We don't have to have it together or believe everything happened how we have been taught. Come with your doubts, and your desire for peace and justice. Come to encounter the Divine in worship. Come to reach grace among others maybe just like you... Come! Christ will be waiting and we will all embrace and welcome you just the way you are.
Our HOLY WEEK PROGRAM IS:
Tuesday night at 7:30 pm TAIZE SERVICE- A service of prayer, chanting, meditation and fellowship with candle lights.
Good Friday at 7:00 pm SERVICE - A service of Love & Sacrifice
Easter Sunday at 10:30 am EASTER SERVICE & Egg Hunt for children. 
We look forward to worshipping with you this week... cause no matter where you are in life's journey, YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE! We mean it! What to see?



Let me share with you what Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber says about Holy Week:

Not sure if you want to go to Holy Week services?

Here’s what I have to say about Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil):
feetTwo thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would shout Hosanna and a few days later shout crucify him. And that’s the good news when it comes down to it. Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn’t make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently. So go ahead. Don’t wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don’t wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does all the time!). Don’t worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves…we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what’s going to happen.
Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2015/03/not-sure-if-you-want-to-go-to-holy-week-services/#ixzz3VtXw0RZT