This Week – March 22, 2018

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palmbreakfastSunday, March 25, 2018
9:15 a.m. Palm Sunday Breakfast
Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Psalm 118, Mark 11: 1-11
Sermon: “The Yearly Reminder”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Ethan Norris-Weber

LGBTQ
What do all those letters mean, and what do they have to do with our mission at Chapel Hills?
Please plan to attend a learning session on Open and Affirming after the service on April 8th. We will have a light lunch and explore how God is calling us to wade into unfamiliar territory. Some helpful thoughts:

  • How did Jesus teach us about radical hospitality?
  • There is much we don’t know, but we can learn as we go.
  • We may be called to do this work, knowing that no one does it perfectly.

House of Charity – Saturday, April 14th
We are looking for volunteers to help at the House of Charity on Saturday, April 14th. Please sign-up in the Narthex if you are able to help. We arrive around 10:00 a.m. and help with getting the food service set up… no cooking is required of the volunteers! We serve from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. and stay to help with clean up until about 12:00 noon.

The House of Charity is located at 510 South 8th Street in Minneapolis (easy parking at meters in front of House of Charity or use the HCMC ramp across the street). Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.

sanfordBook Club – Sunday, April 15th
Our April selection is… Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. Written by Matthew Sanford.

Everyone is welcome to join us following worship on Sunday, April 15th. We’ll take a few minutes to get a cup of coffee/tea and then we’ll meet in the classroom at the end of the hall.

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A Note of Thanks!
My dear friends,
The call I received from Chris Solso, that she had a beautiful valentine box of cookies for me lightened my heart. I miss you all so much, and Alan’s messages. This week when I heard Thompson’s Alleluia, tears came to my eyes as I remembered our beautiful choir and organist. The community of CHC is so important in our lives. TV church just can’t compare with the joy of worshipping with dear friends.
Love,
Sandy Rippie

Mental Health Education Day – Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Living Table UCC (3805 E 40th St. Minneapolis)
Presented by the Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe, author of The Lifesaving Church.  “BYO” lunch or walk down to Fireroast Cafe nearby.  All proceeds from this event will be divided 50/50 between the UCC Mental Health Network and Living Table UCC

All-Day Registration Fee is Only $20, Which Includes: 

” morning programming of “Mental Health 101” including discussion on the role of congregations in wellness and recovery
” afternoon programming focused on being the lifesaving church, including discussion of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention
” your own copy of The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention (cover price $15)
” light refreshments
” educational handouts (including study guide)
link: http://beachtheology.com/event/

Alan plans to attend this event and would be happy to take interested folks from Chapel Hills with him.

“Into Jerusalem”
Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)

We have a choice today. We can choose to remember a triumphant parade led by a man on a donkey, or we can remember that same man betrayed by a friend and anointed for burial, arrested and sent to die. Either way the man ends up dead after being crucified. The place in the story–the point in the narrative is different but the result will be the same. Even if we were to retell it from where the shepherds heard the heavenly host, or the fishermen left their nets, or stopped the narrative clock when Jesus was accosted by the leper, the result would always be the same – three crosses on a hill called Golgotha and then the empty tomb.

One could liken this Sunday’s liturgical moment to being at the crest of something. The path before us goes down and then up. There is a lot of ground to cover, a great crowd to get through, soldiers to thwart, and a plan to feed twelve hungry friends.  Along the way, there are expectations even hopes.  Remembering the Palm Sunday parade is to remember a demonstration and a belief born in the shouting crowd that this was a turning point for Jerusalem and all people living under the boot of the Roman Empire.

Palm Sunday is a Sunday of possibility and expectancy. When we choose, to also celebrate Passion Sunday we tell the story just after the parade and the waving palms disbands. Passion Sunday is also about the betrayal by Judas, and the arrest in the garden. Now is the place in the Gospels when things get serious. Now the plot turns and the danger is clear. The demonstration of Palm Sunday was a kind of protest parade against Rome.  Following that man on the donkey would mean making choices about whose side you were on. Christians still make those kinds of choices.

Our world is in a time when we are called to make choices about whose side we will be on.  In the summer of 2017 many UCCers joined 15,000 demonstrators in the Boston area making a choice to walk against hate and bigotry.  At the same time UCC theologians, seminary professors and administrators signed a letter decrying the notion of white supremacy.  As a church, as a denomination, we are Palm Sunday “paraders” who know that waving those palms is also a political stance.  When we are the church we speak out for what is true and whole and we are not afraid to raise our voice against any system that oppresses people.  To follow Jesus is to tell the whole story from the parade and the cheers to the cross, knowing that God waits on the other side with a resurrection promise.

Looking Ahead
March 25 Palm Sunday Breakfast – 9:15 a.m.
Confirmation – Following Worship
March 27 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
March 28 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
March 29 Maundy Thursday Dinner and Worship – 6:30 p.m.
April 1 Easter Sunday
April 2 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
April 3 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
April 4 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
April 8 Open and Affirming Information Session – Following Worship
April 10 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
April 11 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
April 14 House of Charity
Mental Health Education Day
April 15 Pastoral Relations Meeting – 8:30 a.m.
Book Club – Following Worship
New Beginnings Task Force Meeting – Following Worship
April 17 Tai Chi – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
April 18 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 118Mark 11: 1-11
Sermon: “The Yearly Reminder”

Prayer
Triumphant God, who comes to us as one who seeks and serves, lead us through the events of this Holy Week, that we may receive Christ afresh into our lives, and embody Christ’s spirit into the world. Fill our hearts with gospel joy, bless us that not only our lips but our lives cry out: Hosanna! Hosanna! Amen. (Adapted from Chalice Worship)