We started “ALIVE! – An Easter Worship Series” on Easter Sunday, and will continue through May!
The series will go from April 1 through May 20, 2018 and include a focus on water, plants & food and animals, and includes church-wide mission trips and activities!
On Easter morning, we celebrate a Risen Christ who holds all things together. The Message version of Colossians 1:15-20 says that we believe “everything of God finds its proper place in God . . .and all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe — people and things, animals and atoms — get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmony” all because of Christ. Over this 8-week of series, we will be exploring in fun, intergenerational style just how much humans, water, plants, land, and animals all mean to God and how much our Bibles have to say about them!
There will be fun interactive activities each week during the worship service for children and adults of all ages! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Join us on Sundays at 10 a.m. and other times as noted.
4/1 – Week 1: Easter Morning – Come Alive!
Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20
On Easter morning, when we celebrate the resurrected life of Jesus, we also celebrate that all things created by God come alive and find new life in Christ!
4/8 – Week 2: It All Starts With Water!
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2, 6-10
God spoke and created all things. We can learn to become more and more aware of God’s awesome creation around us all the time. We can even let it connect us with God. Water is where it all starts – God makes life out of the watery abyss and separates of the wa-ter from the land so everything else can grow and thrive and have a home.
4/15 – Week 3: Parting the Sea
Scripture: Exodus 14:15-31
The created world can awe us! It is both so beautiful and at times can be so big and awesome and even sometimes a little scary. But God is always working in and through the created world. God can help us when the world around us feels great and when it feels scary!
Sat. 4/21 – Mission Trip! Earth Day Stream Clean-Up @ Watershed Reserve in Hopewell from 1-3PM
4/22 – Week 4: Parable of the Sower
Scripture: Mark 4:1-9
Any farmer, horticulturists or irrigation specialist will tell you that not all soil is created equal. Some are better than others and we have to take care of the health of the soil if we want them to grow, just like our bodies. We must keep our bodies healthy if we want to grow and lead good lives. What does it take to have healthy soil? What take to live healthy lives?
4/29 – Week 5: Feeding of the 5000
Scripture: Mark 6:31-44
Hunger can be found all around us. 1.2 billion people live on less that $1.25 per day and suffer poverty and malnutrition. Hunger is something we can feel physically, but also spiritual – a desire to feel connected and whole to others in community. Jesus cared about people’s hunger. He wanted all people to have some-thing to eat and he also wanted all people to be a part of a community that cares about them.
Sun. 4/29 – Hunger-focused community service project – More Details to Come.
5/6 – Week 6: Creation of the Animals
Scripture: Gen. 1:20-25
One doesn’t need to look far to discover that creation is bustling at the seams with diversity. Clearly God loves variety, and out of this love created every living thing unique – from polar bears to parakeets! Not only did God create every living creature, but gave it a purpose and place in the world. God blesses the animals to live on the earth and they are a good reminder that the planet is not here just for us. It is a home for all God’s creatures – great and small!
Sun. 5/6 – Blessing of the Animals & Community Lunch – @HUMC on the church lawn – 12-2PM (Weather-permitting)
Sat. 5/12 – HUMC Plant Sale – More Details to Come.
5/13 – Week 7: Balaam & the Lord’s Messenger
Scripture: Num. 22:22-35
Sometimes when we are lost or confused, we depend on others for help! In this story for this week, a man named Balaam actually has to depend on his donkey for help. Sometimes God uses animals to help us in times of frustration or confusion, and even our fuzzy friends can teach us what God wants us to do!
5/20 – Week 8: Rest for the Land
Scripture: Leviticus 25
Rest is very important to God. It gives us time to restore our bodies and spirits for a new day and new things to happen. God thinks its so important that God tells human beings to rest for one whole day each week. In the Old Testament, we learn that this rest is not just something God wants for us but for the whole land. The land works so hard to give us food and everything else we need for life. It deserves a rest too! What can we do the help the earth rest?