Thursday, April 6, 2023

Mainstreeter Weekly Blast April 6, 2023

Mainstreeter Online Weekly Blast

Holy Week is a time to mourn when love is crucified on the cross of fear and hate.

But we know that's not the end of the story.

Our Lenten journey heightens tonight in a journey to the waters of baptismal renewal

in the dark of night. The earliest Christian communities saw this time of the year

as the ultimate time for baptisms because this was when Christ died

and was raised–just as we die to the old and

rise again to new life through our baptisms.

Tonight, we will travel together as companions in this story,

through the "Three Days"–or in Latin, "Triduum"– {tre djew um}

that the church has come to commemorate every year…

the last three days of Jesus' earthly life. But in doing so,

we travel not just through a story long gone,

we also bring to mind the ways this story is still the ongoing story of humankind–

that we are still called to fight injustice just as Jesus did–

to let justice "roll down like waters and righteousness as an overflowing stream."

We acknowledge that all of the elements of creation–

of which we are a part… earth, air, fire and water,

are what make us one with, and the same as,

our religious ancestors who surrounded Jesus in those last few days.

So let us walk with them, with those who, across thousands of years, have kept this vigil.

We travel with Jesus beginning at tonight's service at 7 and then onto the tomb on Sunday morning at 8:15 where we discover anew how he lives in our hearts and then at 10:30 there will be choir music and brass celebrating the resurrection.

Let's be traveling companions!

Rev Kelly

**There will be photographers available following the early service on Sunday to begin capturing images for the photo directory. Show up at early to avoid the rush.

Maundy Thursday Bulletin

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As we continue to build on our Green Movement at MSUMC, please keep in mind that the recycle bins around the church that we currently have are not for trash. If you are in doubt of what can go in the recycle bins, it is best to throw it out in one of the regular trash receptacles.

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When our neighbors are in need, even $10 for a single blanket goes a long way!

Please consider donating today.

Camp Mechuwana

Camps are filling up fast!

If you have not signed up—sign up today!

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A new Vestry Class is starting April 2nd at 9:00 a.m., running through June 11th. (No class on Easter Sunday.)

Hearing a lot of buzz about the "end times" these days? Join us as we explore Craig C Hill's study, "In God's Time," which explores the way the Bible talks about the future from a perspective of mainstream Biblical scholarship. (Hint: the Bible does not give a roadmap for predicting the end of the world!) (Second hint: the Bible does not predict an end to the world!)

Led by Paul Pederzani and Pastor Kristy, group members will watch a video and then discuss. The group is always lively and all are welcome, either in person or online. Here's the zoom link:

For those who wish to supplement their personal study (not required), the accompanying book is available. A copy or two will be available on Sunday, with three more on order, and you can order your own (new or used) on amazon or through a bookseller of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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