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Living Our Baptismal Calling: Believe!

The faith we confess, and the faith that transforms us, is more than intellectual assent to a theological construct. It is to stake our lives on the Triune God, and so join Martha’s confession, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into this world.” View the Lent Series Planning overview »

    References:

  • Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • Romans 8:6-11
  • John 11:1-45

Holy Week: Through Death to Life

Palm/Passion Sunday recapitulates the beginning and the end of Christ’s final week in Jerusalem. We move from a triumphal procession and its stirring of hope as our entrance rite to hearing of a very different kind of procession, a forced march with a crucifix, to conclude it. View the Holy Week planning series overview »

    References:

  • Liturgy of the Palms
  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Liturgy of the Passion
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    References:

  • Isaiah 42:1-9
  • Psalm 36:5-11 (UMH 771)
  • Hebrews 9:11-15
  • John 12:1-11

    References:

  • Isaiah 49:1-7
  • Psalm 71:1-14
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  • John 12:20-36

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

    References:

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 70 (UMH 793)
  • Hebrews 12:1-3
  • John 13:21-32

Holy Week: Through Death to Life Series

Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, marks the last conversation Jesus has with his disciples, a conversation grounded in what he calls a new commandment (mandatum in Latin, hence our English word “Maundy”). He illustrates and underscores the new commandment by washing the disciples’ feet: “Love one another as I have loved you.” View the Holy Week: Through Death to Life series overview »

    References:

  • Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
  • Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (UMH 837)
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
  • John 13:1-17, 31b-35