Nazareth Protestant Community
February 10th, 2016
Today marks the beginning of 40 day (or 6 week) period of Lent--a season set aside for focusing on repentance, faithfulness, mortality, and new life, Christians around the world commemorate today--Ash Wednesday--through attending a worship service of penitence and receiving the sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads. We remember that from dust we were formed and that to dust we will return. I love what Lutheran pastor and author, Nadia Bolz-Weber has to say about Ash Wednesday:
"If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of God: That we are God’s, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life. That where two or more are gathered, Christ is with us. These promises outlast our earthly bodies and the limits of time. (Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People)"
We have several opportunities to gather for worship, fellowship, and service this week beginning with tonight's ecumenical Ash Wednesday service (see more details below).
On Thursday we will meet at 1 pm in my office to assemble Easter Baskets for local students in need.
On Sunday we will be worshiping TWICE! In honor of Siblings Weekend, we will be worshiping at 9:30 am in Linehan Chapel. The theme will be "Why does Lent matter?" We will also hold our usual worship service at 8:30 pm featuring guest pastor and speaker, Rev. Katie Styrt. Katie will be speaking to us about why sex and sexuality matter.
Hope to see you at some point this week!
Upcoming in Worship
Weekly vespers for Spring Semester 2016 will continue to be held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel.
Upcoming VespersSunday February 14 at 9:30 am -- Why does Lent Matter? (Siblings Weekend service)
Sunday February 14 at 8:30 pm -- Why does sex/sexuality matter? with guest preacher, Rev. Katie Styrt.
February 21 -- Why do emotions matter? with student guest preacher, Junior, Kira Duffy.
February 28 -- Taize
All are welcome. Food and fellowship will follow worship.
Tuesdays @ 9:15AM in GAC 151
Join us for our weekly gathering with Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities. The next Divine Doughnuts will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
If you have not had a chance to attend, take advantage of this sweet opportunity this year.
Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration
Ash Wednesday Services
This Wednesday, 2/10, marks the beginning of the Lenten Season for Christians around the world. The Season of Lent, a forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting, begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes with the celebration of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday (April 5).
For those who are interested in commemorating Ash Wednesday on campus, there will be two services in the Linehan Chapel this Wednesday, February 10:
12:30 pm Catholic Mass
7:00 pm Ecumenical Ash Service
(Catholics and Protestants together)
Spring Break service retreat to Clairvaux Farm! March 6-12, 2016
Who will we be serving? Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm is a community that aims to serve children and families affected by homelessness and poverty. They provide transitional housing, educational opportunities, and spiritual support to families in need.
What will we be doing? We will provide support by completing necessary construction and clean-up projects and interacting with Clairvaux residents. We also take a day to explore Washington D.C. and meet with representatives from the National Coalition for the Homelessness.
If you are looking for a way to engage your faith and serve in the spirit of Christ over this spring break, I encourage to come and by and pick up an application at GAC 164 or to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get an electronic application. This is a life changing opportunity to serve others and live in community for a week.
Naz Christian Fellowship (NCF)
The next NCF meeting will be Wednesday, February 10th at 8:45 pm.
NCF also offers rides to three local churches. If you are interested in getting a ride to church contact Nadia at email@example.com
"NCF is a community that welcomes and supports one another by modeling Christ in service to others."