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Holy Week & Easter Worship

holy week & easter worshipAs the season of Lent comes to a close we invite you to join us in the journey to the cross with services during Holy Week, and a celebration of the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday!  Note days and times below – childcare is offered for children age 3 and under in our nursery.  Need directions?  Click here!

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, March 29th at 7PM

Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30th at 7PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 1st – services at 8AM, 9AM* & 10:30AM

  • *Special activities for children preK-5th grade including an egg hunt!
  • Easter breakfast served from 8:30AM – noon – join us before or after Easter worship for a delicious homemade breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes and more prepared by our high school youth – a free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds benefiting the summer high school mission trip

Simple Lent

Dear members and friends of Rejoice,

For the past few weeks in worship we have been talking about Soulful Perspectives on the Abundant Life. We have been asking how can we better cultivate and nurture peace – a word in Hebrew that means “the well being that comes from God.”

Can we follow this up with an intentional focus in Lent this year?

Here is my invitation! This Lent let’s modify our outward activity and take more time for silence, reading of Scripture and prayer – what I call “Simple Lent.” I invite you to try these spiritual exercises:

  • Find a time that works for you each day in Lent and begin by 5 minutes of silence – each week attempt to increase your time of silence
  • Follow the daily prompts in the website Sacred Space: a beautiful site created by Irish Jesuit Monks
  • Close with a prayer for yourself, your family, your church, your community, our nation and the world

Simple Lent is what I am going to commit to for each of the 40 day of Lent, and I invite you to join me. May this Lent and our daily exercise of silence, prayer and Scripture bring you peace and meaningful spiritual transformations! I would love to hear how your experience with Simple Lent meant for your lenten experience – click here to let me know.

With much love,

What is to give light must endure burning – Lent at Rejoice

Lent is coming… and fast!

Lent is the time for the church to “amp up” its reflective nature.  It’s a time to take our faith to the next level.  This is often done by intentional serving in specific ways. Additionally, we take time for silence and devotions, fasting and prayer.  Ultimately the church wants to engage with Jesus on a deeper level.  Is it possible for us to do this?  Are we really interested in taking this journey??

If we give attention to spiritual disciplines, good things tend to happen!

The in the Old Testament we often hear God say through the prophets: “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.”  Lent affords us the opportunity to “draw near!”

This year we will follow closely the life, message and teaching of Jesus from the gospel of Luke.  Our overall theme comes from one of my favorite writers, Viktor Frankl: “What gives light must endure burning.”  His words give us a profound image to ponder.  Jesus the light of the world flames out on the cross, but in that mysterious and grim tableaux of crucifixion God removes the sin of the world.  Thanks be to God this is not the end… for after Good Friday there is Easte

How might we make the most of Lent this year?

My invitation to you is to take the journey with us and attend every service throughout Lent, as our messages will have a deep and meaningful theme that will span the arc of Lent and take you from the significance of the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday all the way through the resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Come to each service but before you do pray for yourself, the service, the ensemble, our children’s ministry with Janeen and Jessica, me (!!!), and ask God to open your heart to new dimensions of grace.  Make a real spiritual investment in our community.

We want to grow spiritually, we want to grow in our relationships, we want to grow in our stewardship… and here is one way to honor these worthy ambitions.

Let me state it again: make the effort to be here at worship consistently, prayerfully, and expectantly each and every service in Lent.  I believe you, your family and our church will be blessed by this ambition!  Lent is a great opportunity… let’s make the most of it!

God bless you as we journey on the path of faith together!

Pastor Lou