Lent and Holy Week 2023
Throughout the season of Lent we will be exploring the themes of dichotomies. How can water be both life giving and death dealing? How are rocks both foundations and destructive? How can death bring forth life?
Join us on a journey into the water and rocks that lead to life!
Sue and Roger Fletcher created the Altarscape for the season. It is based on our theme as well as the weekly focus for each week. To read more about it click here.
Soup Suppers & Restorative Circles
What are Restorative Circles?
Restorative Practices, as described by the Center for Restorative Practices, "are used to build community and can help set things right when the integrity of the community is challenged by harmful behaviors. When people come together for restorative interactions they sit in circles. Circle dialogue is a fundamental element of restorative dialogue. Restorative circles support the two main goals of restorative practices: building community; and responding to harms through dialogue that sets things right."
Whether struggling with old or new church hurt or harms felt by the world, we hope you participate in this year’s Restorative Circles as a way to deepen your healing and create stronger bonds in our FCCUCC community.
10:30AM Sunday April 2
This year we will enter Holy Week with a festive celebration of Jesus coming into Jerusalem, the beginning of the days where he shared some of his most potent teachings, and the days before his arrest and crucifixion. Come celebrate with us as we mark the turning point between the ministry of Jesus and the mission of Christ. Come enter Holy Week on this important day in our church year.
No matter who you are, or where you are on your life's journey, you are so very welcome in this place!
Thursday, April 6th
Passover-style mean and Tenebrae
6PM in Huntington Hall
This year for Maundy Thursday we will share a Passover-style meal before we observe the more traditional Service of Shadows, or Tenebrae. The tradition of Tenebrae will move us into the dark night of Jesus' passion before the dawn of Easter Resurrection.
To read more about the Seder and Tenebrae click here.
Please note that this meal in no way seeks to declare that Jesus is the Pascal Lamb or supersede the Jewish Passover theology. It is offered as a way to ground this congregation more deeply in the Exodus Story and the Jewish tradition that Jesus was a part of. We do not know what the tradition of his day would have been, so we enact this Haggadah in celebration of the 9th century tradition as commonly expressed today.
Stations of the Cross and Labyrinth
3PM-6PM Huntington Hall
For anyone who wants to observe Good Friday, Huntington Hall will be open with the Stations of the Cross and Labyrinth set up for personal reflection.
10:30AM Sunday April 9
A joyous celebration will be had as we welcome the Living Christ! Both vocal and bell choirs will bring joyous music as we Emerge into the Easter Season!
Worship will be followed by a brief Fellowship time with Hot Cross Buns and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!