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Community Work Day

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 in Fresh News

Young Disciples and Families Community Work Day

On May 2, beginning at 10 am, we will gather, work gloves in hand, at QC Family Tree’s grounds (2910 Parkway Ave). There is much work to do there: apartment renovations, garden-ing, organizing, connecting with neighbors, and more! We will get the grill out at the end of the day and have a cook out! YAYYY! This is going to be a ton of fun! We hope you will be there.

Let Joe and Lesley-Ann know you’ll be coming: spccfamily@gmail.com

This day also coincides with Neighborhood Appreciation Day (NAD) in the Enderly Park Neighborhood! You are part of this special day!!! Read more about NAD by clicking here. 

 

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Open & Affirming

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Fresh News

SPCC Family:
In our January board meeting, the Elders brought forward a statement that they are initiating some discussion among the congregation regarding us becoming an “Open and Affirming” congregation. The designation Open and Affirming recognizes that we have taken steps to discuss the congregation’s stance on the full inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons in the life of our Eucharistic fellowship. Working through a program of conversations and discussions outlined by GLAD Alliance, the Elders are inviting you to a potluck lunch on May 3 following Worship. During that lunch, we will have the opportunity to talk in small groups and in a large group discussion about our personal experiences and perspectives as we seek clarity and wisdom in our congregation taking this step.
The Elders and the staff are doing our best to make sure that all lines of communication are open while we engage this process. Want to talk more about it? Call your elder, call me or Helms, talk during Discipleship Hour and after worship.
I am looking forward to these conversations because I think that SPCC is an open and affirming congregation. And, I think that amid all of our views on what it means to be open and affirming, we are already open enough to have a healthy and robust discussion that unites us in love and discipleship.
Greg

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Holy Saturday

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 in Fresh News

Brothers and sisters,

Today is Holy Saturday, the mysterious day in between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Today we continue to grieve the death of Jesus, while holding silent vigil in hope of the resurrection. The three days of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday are traditionally called the Triduum, the holiest of days in the year. Among these days, Holy Saturday is usually overlooked.
Holy Saturday is perhaps the day that most perfectly captures our lives. We always live in between death and resurrection, in a time of despair and yet at the brink of hope. To practice resurrection is to stand in this “in-between” time with patience and in awe. God is doing indescribable work among us. We can sense that the darkness is just about to turn to light.
And yet Saturday can be so long.

The silence and suffering of Holy Saturday is not to be ignored or just tolerated. The long nights of our lives are the places where resurrection is born. We must fully grapple with them in all their depths in order for the fullness of our Sunday joy to be complete.

The writer George Steiner says it this way:

There is one particular day in Western history about which neither historical record nor myth nor Scripture make report. It is a Saturday. And it has become the longest of days. We know of that Good Friday which Christianity holds to have been that of the Cross. But the non-Christian, the atheist, knows of it as well. This is to say that he knows of the injustice, of the interminable suffering, of the waste, of the brute enigma of ending, which so largely make up not only the historical dimension of the human condition, but the everyday fabric of our personal lives. We know, ineluctably, of the pain, of the failure of love, of the solitude which are our history and private fate. We know also about Sunday. To the Christian, that day signifies an intimation, both assured and precarious, both evident and beyond comprehension, of resurrection, of a justice and a love that have conquered death. If we are non-Christians or non-believers, we know of that Sunday in precisely analogous terms. We conceive of it as the day of liberation from inhumanity and servitude. We look to resolutions, be they therapeutic or political, be they social or messianic. The lineaments of that Sunday carry the name of hope (there is no word less deconstructible).

But ours is the long day’s journey of the Saturday. Between suffering, aloneness, unutterable waste on the one hand and the dream of liberation, of rebirth on the other. In the face of the torture of a child, of the death of love which is Friday, even the greatest art and poetry are almost helpless. In the Utopia of the Sunday, the aesthetic will, presumably, no longer have logic or necessity. The apprehension and figurations in the play of metaphysical imagining, in the poem and the music, which tell of pain and of hope, of the flesh which is said to taste of ash and of the spirit which is said to have the savour of fire, are always Sabbatarian. They have risen out of an immensity of waiting which is that of man. Without them, how could we be patient?

 

Indeed, ours is the “long day’s journey of the Saturday.” Join together on this mysterious day in watching patiently with all our brothers and sisters around the globe as the world keeps silence on this day. Be patient and longsuffering, but do so in hope, for surely joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5).

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Maundy Thursday – April 2

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Fresh News

Maundy Thursday Family Prayer Liturgy

Maundy Thursday Family Liturgy <– Printable version

Fill a bowl with water and collect a towel, candle, crayons, and matches. Place the bowl and towel on the family table. Gather around the table. Pray the following words together, aloud. An individual may read the plain text and the bold, in unison. As you are praying with words, you may also pray with color. Use the crayons to fill in the drawing below. Pray that God will speak to you through all of the different elements: family, light, words, colors, and feelings.

Draw us into your love, Christ Jesus: and deliver us from fear.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

Light the candle and sing: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end. Amen. Amen

Silence for meditation

Our Father…

“To wash the feet of a brother or sister in Christ,to allow someone to wash our feet, is a sign that together we want to follow Jesus, to take the downward path, to find Jesus’ presence in the poor and the weak. Is it not a sign that we too want to live a heart-to-heart relationship with others, to meet them as a person and a friend, and to live in communion with them? Is it not a sign that we yearn to be men and women of forgiveness, to be healed and cleansed and to heal and cleans others and thus to live more fully in communion with Jesus?” ~ Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities

Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are the hungry, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness and justice, for great is their reward.
Lord Jesus Christ, you knelt to wash from our feet the dirt out of which you made us. Teach us to humbly serve one another so that the world may know we are your disciples. Amen.

Take a moment to wash and dry each other’s hands.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me; body of Christ, save me; blood of Christ, inebriate me; water from the side of Christ, wash me; passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me; within your wounds hide me; suffer me not to be separated from you; from the malicious enemy, defend me; in the hour of my death, call me, and bid me come to you that with your saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.
Through our lives and by our prayers : may your kingdom come!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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LAST Lenten Series Tonight!

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in Fresh News

The LAST Lenten Series
Tuesday, 7:00pm -8:30pm

This Tuesday is our last gathering for this year’s Lenten Study. We will be meeting at Jim Harley and Bonnie Williams’ home on March 31. Our study has been based around the topics of the book “Abundant Community” by Peter Block and John McKnight. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk about the power of families and neighborhoods.

Jim and Bonnie’s
Phone 704-588-0097

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