United Methodist Church
18955 S South End Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045
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Sunday, March 26th
For a Service of
Word and Prayer
Pastor Tom will
bring the message
Rattle Them Bones!
In a vision, God instructs Ezekiel to prophesy to valley full of dry bones.
The Season of Lent is a 40-day period (not including Sundays) of prayer, meditation, fasting, and penitence. It is a time to focus of God in preparation for the Easter celebration. On this Fifth Sunday of Lent we look to Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, and Ezekiel 37:1-14. The Valley of Dry Bones. Ezekiel is told to prophesy to the bones, and they grow tendons and muscle and flesh and come to life. Paul, speaking to the Romans, teaches between being of the flesh and being of Spirit. In both Ezekiel and Paul’s teachings God brings life. Yet, perspectives are different about flesh. Let’s dig in to the meaning.
Have you ever had a vision from God, or know someone who has? How about a dream that you believe was God giving you a message?
Have you ever felt dried up, like your bones (physically or spiritually) were on the verge of cracking with little life left in them?
What did you depend on most in those times? Creature comforts for your physical body, or spiritual reassurance for your ethereal self?
Does one, physical or spiritual, trump the other in importance and devotion to God? Or is it a combination of the two by which we are meant to live and serve?
Palm & Passion ~ Last Supper & Gethsemane ~ Trial & Crucifixion
Sunday, Arpil 2: TBA
Palm and Passion Sunday
Psalm 18:1-2, 19-29, Matt. 21:1-11 & Select verses from Matt. 26-27 - This service begins with Jesus' triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem with the people cheering for the coming of the Messiah. It ends with those same crowds crying out in anger, "Crucify him!"
Thursday, April 6: Upper Room Reflections
Psalm 161:1-4, 12-19, Exodus 12:1-14, John 13:1-17, 31b-35 - It is the evening of the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. This night is a commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt, when God brought the Hebrew people out of slavery. In this celebration, Jesus invites his followers onto another path to freedom.
Sunday, April 7: A Service of Tenebrae (Darkness) will be offered
John 18:1-19:42 - This Good Friday service takes us through the last hours of Jesus' life, from the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha, the place of the skull, where Jesus is crucified. It is a service of prayer, solemn hymns, and fading light. It is a service of death, when the night is darkest before the dawn.
Sunday, April 9: Joyfully Afraid
EASTER RESURRECTION SUNDAY!
Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, & Matthew 28:1-10 - When the women ran from the tomb to tell the disciples Jesus was risen, Matthew says they were “afraid yet filled with joy”. As an Easter people how do we tap into that moment of joyful fear; a place of excitement for Jesus’ resurrection.
Sunday, April 16: Between Belief and Doubt
Second Sunday of Easter
Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, & Romans 8:6-11 - How do we read Thomas’ doubt. Is he being a stubborn disciple? Has he given up and turned tail? Is he intentionally choosing not to the believe or is there a faithfulness in his doubt?