Not From Here

Dear People of Holy Week,

We begin the journey of Holy Week this Sunday, the 25th with Palm Sunday services at 9 & 10:30am. After worship, we'll have fun with Bingo & Chili Cook Off - Lunch at noon, Bingo until 2:00 pm - Rock Canyon High School, room 300. Bring your best pot of chili, cornbread or cinnamon rolls to share, and a $5.00 gift card for Bingo gifts. Also a muffin tin to sample the different kinds of chili. 

Then on Maundy Thursday the 29th, we gather at Great Beginnings Cafe  6:00-7:30pm. A pizza supper will be provided, followed by worship learning about Passover and the Last Supper. 

On Good Friday, the 30th we will lead a community worship service at Confluence Ministries, 7:00pm. After the service, all are invited to Jim & Diana Dietvorst's home, 2531 Quitman St. Denver. 

*I invite you to give a fresh emphasis to the inclusion of all Holy Week worship opportunities in your spiritual journey this year*

And, don't miss out on tonight's Lent Midweek Supper & Worship as we make space for the difficult conversation on racism, continuing what Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson and Jude Del Hierro started on MLK. 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Great Beginnings Cafe. 

Read John 18:28 to 19:1 for further reflection on Holy Week. “My kingdom is not from this world…my kingdom is not from here. “ (John 18:33-36) What does it mean that Jesus Christ tells political figures his kingdom is not from here?

Peter Gomes, while he was minister of Memorial Church in the center of Harvard University Yard, loved to tell the story of how, during his first year as chaplain at Harvard, he visited a dean to present himself to the academic administration. The dean bid Gomes to look out the window of his elegant office. There, perfectly framed, was Memorial Church. “You know," said the dean, “If we were doing it again, I am certain that we would never put the church in so prominent a location at Harvard.” Gomes, never one to shrink from a secularist, said to the dean, “Well, we’re there and we’re not moving so you’d better get used to us.” That dean has gone to his academic eternal reward. And that church still stands in the middle of the Harvard campus. (A story as told by Rev William Willimon, then Dean of the chapel at Duke University, at a conference I attended in the 1990’s.)

Prayers: That we engage the greatest story ever told at a high level in Holy Week 2018.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen


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