A Month of Sundays

March is when we turn to the last of the three missions of liberal religion, to agitate, to change the world.  A key assumption shared by most religions, but understood very differently is that the world we inhabit could be a better one.  Knowing it could be better obliges to try and make it better.  When the Annual Oratorio Choir chose Mendelssohn's "Elijah" it was obvious that Lent should be about prophets - those people across the centuries who condemned current injustice and preached future justice.  Learning from Elijah and others, the Rev. Fred Wooden will explore the role of the prophet in our world and who is called to that task.  Here's a hint: look in the mirror.

March 26
9:30 a.m. in the Chapel
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary:  
"Abracadabra, Presto Chango" - The Rev. Fred Wooden speaking.  Prophets have a reputation for doing miraculous things.  Moses delivered plagues, Elijah brought drought and rain, Jesus turned water into wine.  Why do these stories exist and what do they mean for us, if anything?
Connect:  
New Member Signing, 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary; Fountain Club Chili Dog Meal Extravaganza & Diversity Stakes Sale, 12:00 p.m. in the Social Hall; Indivisible Grand Rapids: Postcard Art Party, 3:00 p.m. in the Social Hall; Indivisible Grand Rapids Group Gathering, 4:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.  

April 2
9:30 a.m. in the Chapel
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary:  
"And I Alone" - The Rev. Fred Wooden speaking.  Prophets are solitary people, but not by choice.  The work they do for others paradoxically separates them from people.  If you would be a prophet, prepare to be lonely.
Connect:  
Refugee Resettlement Meeting, 12:30 p.m. in Room 109; Oratorio Memorial Concert, 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary; Oratorio Memorial Concert Reception, 5:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.  

April 9
9:30 a.m. in the Chapel
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary:  
Palm Sunday - "Clear Away!" - The Rev. Fred Wooden speaking.  Prophets often speak of making way, clearing out, cleaning up, and purifying.  Purification is a powerful notion in ancient religion, but has it any value for us?
Connect:  Grass Roots West Michigan/Non-Violent Communication, 3:00 p.m. in Room 109.

April 16
9:30 a.m. in the Chapel
11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary:  
Easter Sunday - "Passing the Mantle" - The Rev. Fred Wooden speaking.  The Bible names only three people who have defeated death.  Elijah is one of them.  What do he and Jesus have in common that would mean something to us now?
Connect:  
Sundays with Jack, 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel.   


Note:  All Connect activities follow the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service unless otherwise noted.  Please see our Welcome Center or Friday Flash for exact times and locations, as changes do sometimes occur. 

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