Holy Week

Palm Sunday April 9

Sermon: Palm Branches and Pink Hats

Scripture: Luke 19:28-44

Words of a Modern Day Prophet     
Robin Meyers, The Underground Church

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s voice from the 1940’s is prophetic, arguing as he did that Christianity would become increasingly irrelevant, a path to social respectability rather than a commitment to justice. Love of God and neighbor, he said, constituted “costly grace.” “It is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.  It is costly because it costs a man his life.” The question for us is what constitutes costly grace in the church today. Our culture regards the church as a mostly quaint, stabilizing force that teaches moral lessons and builds character, not unlike the Boy Scouts.  Bonhoeffer saw the gathering clouds of fascism in his native Germany.  He could have escaped it all by staying in New York and not leaving his post at Union Theological Seminary.  But he chose to go back and confront the acquiescence of the church to the new National Socialist state as part of the confessing church movement.  It was an underground movement that trained pastors to resist.  It was a decision that cost Bonhoeffer his life.  
After the Gestapo forbid him to lecture, write, or make speeches, they arrested him and imprisoned him on April 5. 1943.  Two years later, after he led fellow prisoners in worship, Nazi authorities took him away to be hanged.  Costly grace indeed.

Offerings to One Great Hour of Sharing will be received. Got to the UCC page about this offering to find out how it helps disasters and refugees.

 Maundy Thursday Service

Hand Washing

7:00 in the Chapel

Good Friday Labyrinth Walk
Available all day in the Chapel. There will be written guides for those who new to this devotional practice. 


6:30am Easter Sunrise Service
at the North Branch Nature Center on Elm Street

9:00am  Choir
10:00am  Easter Worship
11:15am  Hospitality 

Sermon: We Are Rising!

Scripture: Matthew 28: 1-15

A Parable of Jesus:  
"The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."

Words of a Modern Day Prophet     
Robin Meyers, The Underground Church 

Rome knew if you had a problem with somebody, all you had to do was get rid of the body.  Make sure the body of the troublemaker is removed after running a spear through his side, the secure it in a big tomb with a big rock and big guards standing watch all night – or heaven forbid, some other body will steal the body and then we’ll have a cult of the risen body on our hands.

By the time the church got around to writing this story, Jesus had been dead for a long time, but apparently not to his followers.  In other words, the leaven of resurrection hidden in the hearts of his closest friend had begun to rise at once. 

The movement was small and irrepressible, and it began to swell first in the loaf of the forgotten.  Rome had tried to clean every last bit of leaven out of the Judean house, but it was too late. It was nothing short of a scandal, these unclean people, worshipping an unclean God.  Women had kept the movement alive, of course.  After all, don’t women live most of their lives in defiance of the odds?  The men thought it was an “idle tale”, but that’s because they don’t do the baking.

Service of Service

 Some of you may recall our Service of Service when on Sunday morning, we worked at the Peace Park on the Bike Path and cooked in the kitchen. We are planning another Service of Service during the worship service on Sunday, April 23rd. Choices will be: Singing at the Gary Home with Arthur; Cooking with Jim; or Creating Inspiring Signs for our Bethany Church lawn with Liz. Each activity will fit into our normal Sunday morning time together and will begin and end at Bethany.  Whether you are a singer, a cook, an artist, or someone who just wants to listen, watch, or give ideas, please join in. 

See a member of the Worship Ministry Team: Joanne Hardy, Theresa Lever, Liz Sykas-Ringgenberg 

Spring Auction and Breakfast:
Saturday, April 22nd

BREAKFAST cooked and served by our Music Team and Choir from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. The menu will be baked egg breakfast casseroles, assorted muffins, juice, and coffee. Following the breakfast, we will have our Annual Spring Auction: Jenkins Auction Service will start the live bidding at 9:30 am and continue until all is sold (approximately 12:00). Hope to see you here for a time of fellowship, good food, and lots of laughs.

AUCTION-AUCTION-AUCTION-The auction is just 13 days away!! Who will you invite to breakfast and the auction? Maybe a friend, a neighbor, an acquaintance, an adult grandchild who will be setting up an apartment or house, a co-worker, someone from your book club, someone from your exercise class, a niece, a nephew, a cousin, someone you know who is lonely? We need lots of people to come. Please invite someone to come with you.   If you haven’t donated something for the auction, there are still 11 days to do so.