Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Our Easter worship will start with children's activities at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 24. We will have a lesson, a piñata, perhaps some surprises and no doubt some candy!
Our formal worship service will begin at 10:30 and will be filled with joyful proclamation and singing. Visitors are welcome, and of course children, with or without their parents! Bring visiting family members. Bring friends. Bring neighbors. Bring strangers, even! Our calling is to share the Good News of Christ's resurrection with everyone.
Afterward, we'll have fellowship and snacks.
Posted by High Altitude Faith at 9:24 AM
We will observe Good Friday (April 22) with 7 p.m. service at the church. Our worship will be quiet and short, although everyone is welcome to remain in the sanctuary, or visit it throughout the weekend, to pray and meditate on the events of the week.
There will be no Maundy Thursday service because of the spring program at the school. As we all watch the children, keep in mind the new commandment — the mandatum of Maundy Thursday — that we all love one another as Christ loved us, and consider the ways we join with our community as a loving presence.
Posted by High Altitude Faith at 9:19 AM
We will skip class on Easter Sunday, so that we can devote more time to music and children.
The next Sunday, May 1 (wow!), we will return to "What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be A Christian?," talking about Chapter 15, "Jesus' Example: What Brings Fulfillment?" Here are some questions to get us started talking. Feel free to reply with more questions or comments.
•What are some of the reasons we grow disillusioned with the American Dream?
•One reason I have heard is that it is not, at base, a dream of community but a dream of individual achievement and fulfillment. What is our dream for everyone?
•What possessions enslave us? The house, the lawn, the computer or television, the cell phone? What can we do to break free?
•What possessions enable us to do God's work in this world more effectively?
•In our various opinions, what makes work fulfilling or meaningful?
•What do you think about the life prescription of the fictional Dr. Mark Green on ER: "Be generous with your time. Be generous with your love. Be generous with your life. Be generous."? Is generosity the highest standard of stewardship?
•Ours is a result-driven society. Karyn talked about that a couple weeks ago, and suggested that we don't always need to fix something — that goal is often beyond us; we just need to make the right choice each time we have a choice and trust God to put the pieces together. In the last story in this chapter, Gus, the cancer patient in hospice, died with a smile on his face even though he had not saved the life of the little girl who was his fellow patient. What had he accomplished?
•Bottom line: Can we (the book-study class) come up with a brief outline of reoriented values that would better serve God? Could we be happy with those values?
Posted by High Altitude Faith at 9:04 AM