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The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Awakening Series

Awakening to Ministry — Today marks the kickoff of the first of two three-week miniseries. “Awakening...” focuses on the meaning and grounding of ministry, Holy Communion, and baptism. As we awaken to our ministry of discipleship, let us hear Jesus speaking to us. Let us hear him calling us and commissioning us, everywhere and always, to breathe God’s reconciling love into this world.
 

    References:

  • Acts 2:14a, 22-32
  • Psalm 16 (UMH 748)
  • 1 Peter 1:3-9
  • John 20:19-31

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Awakening Series

Awakening to the Table — This week we are awakening to the meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Often, when we think about stories from the Scriptures that speak to the practice of the Lord’s Supper, we may limit our range to the traditional texts associated with the holy meal...But there are other stories from Scripture besides these well-known ones that inform our practice of Holy Communion.
 

    References:

  • Acts 2:14a, 36-41
  • Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (UMH 837)
  • 1 Peter 1:17-23
  • Luke 24:13-35

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Awakening Series

Awakening to Baptism — As we consider what it means to awaken to baptism, consider that baptism is not a singular event for any of us. Baptism is a way of life.
 

    References:

  • Acts 2:42-47
  • Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
  • 1 Peter 2:19-25
  • John 10:1-10

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Becoming Series

Becoming One with Christ — Today marks the launch of our second Easter three-week series. “Becoming…” focuses on claiming our spiritual gifts and callings as we seek to live out what it means to become one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Easter season culminates with Pentecost and a service of commissioning people into the ministries to which they have discerned they are called.
 

    References:

  • Acts 7:55-60
  • Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 (UMH 764)
  • 1 Peter 2:2-10
  • John 14:1-14

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Becoming Series

Becoming One with Each Other — As we enter our second week in our series, “Becoming,” this week and next week we continue listening in on Jesus’ final conversation with his disciples on the night before his death.
 

    References:

  • Acts 17:22-31
  • Psalm 66:8-20 (UMH 790)
  • 1 Peter 3:13-22
  • John 14:15-21

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: Becoming Series

Becoming One in Ministry — It takes all of us, the entire body of Christ becoming one in ministry to see the world and God’s people with the eyes of Jesus. And so, as we complete our time around the table with our Lord and Savior, his prayer for his disciples is his prayer for us too.
 

    References:

  • Acts 1:6-14
  • Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 (UMH 792)
  • 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
  • John 17:1-11