Grace Avenue UMC

Let’s Face It (Lent Worship Series)
February 17 – March 25, 2018

Lent presents us with an opportunity to look in the mirror and see ourselves as we really are. It is easier to turn away and deny our reality and mortality. Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and in doing so brought about the salvation of the world. When we face this truth; it does indeed set us free.

Feb. 17/18: Luke 9: 51-56
Let’s Face It – Fear

Feb. 24/25: Luke 9: 57-62
Let’s Face It – Challenge

March 3/4: Luke 10: 1-12
Let’s Face It – Struggle

March 10/11: Luke 13: 10-17
Let’s Face It – Suffering

March 17/18: Luke 19: 1-10
Let’s Face It – Judgment

March 24/25: Luke 19:28-44
Face the Music

Scripture Readings
Feb. 17/18: Luke 9: 51-56
Let’s Face It – Fear

Feb. 24/25: Luke 9: 57-62
Let’s Face It – Challenge

March 3/4: Luke 10: 1-12
Let’s Face It – Struggle

March 10/11: Luke 13: 10-17
Let’s Face It – Suffering

March 17/18: Luke 19: 1-10
Let’s Face It – Judgment

March 24/25: Luke 19:28-44
Face the Music

Suggested Resources & Reading
A Way Other than Our Own:
Devotions for Lent

by Walter Brueggemann

Comfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You
by Erin M. Straza

Walking with God through
Pain and Suffering

by Timothy Keller

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

An Altar in the World
by Barbara Brown Taylor

Studies & Discussions

Let’s Face it: A Lenten Study
4-Week Study, Begins February 15th
Thursday mornings from 9:15-10:30am

Join Laura Echols-Richter for this study on Richard Wilke’s book He Set His Face to Jerusalem. Just as Jesus turns his face to the cross, the season of Lent invites us to set our face toward faith in our daily lives.

Register at the link below or contact [email protected] Childcare is available upon request.

Register!

When God Doesn’t Fix It: Facing the Brokenness in our Lives
2-week Women’s study beginning Feb 26th
Monday mornings 9:15-10:30am -OR-
Monday evenings 7:00-8:30pm

Our lives don’t always turn out the way we plan. There seem to be more detours than straight roads. We face struggles and the reality of broken dreams. During this story, we will focus on Jesus’ journey with the disciples and also engage with the experience of Laura Story (Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter).

Join Laura Echols-Richter and Kristen Lane throughout the season of Lent as we lean into our faith together.

Register!

Women’s Night Out: Dinner & Conversation
Thursday, March 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm

Join the women of Grace Avenue for a night of good food and conversation around some of the anonymous women who journeyed with Jesus. As we connect our stories with theirs, we will discuss times of our lives when we feel overlooked, unimportant, bruised and judged by others in our world. This is a great night to invite women from the community to join us!

Dinner will be catered by Salsa’s Tex Mex. Childcare is provided upon request. Cost is $15. Register at the link below by Wednesday, March 21st at noon.

Contact Laura Echols-Richter at [email protected] with questions.

Register!

Easter & Holy Week Volunteer Needs

Easter and Holy Week Ushers and Greeters
Throughout Holy Week and on Easter, we need additional ushers and greeters to help with the extra services and the large number of guests we will welcome to Grace Avenue. Please consider signing up to help at during one or multiple services. We are happy to train you if you are new to ushering or greeting! This is an important role during this very busy time for the church.

Contact Joe Stobaugh at [email protected] with questions about ushers or Tiffany Krieg at [email protected] with questions about greeters.

Register to Usher!
Register to Be a Greeter!

Holy Week Lunch Devotion & Soup Lunch
During Holy week we are again offering a brief lunch-time devotion followed by an opportunity for lunch and fellowship. Last year this was well received and we anticipate even better participation this year so…WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider volunteering to help with set-up, clean-up and to bring soup. Any and all help is appreciated. Contact Joe Stobaugh at [email protected] with any questions.

Register to help with Holy Week Lunch Devotions!

Prayer & Devotion

Daily Devotion During Lent
Our “Spiritual Wellness Survey” results revealed that many of us are struggling to sustain a daily devotional time. Lent offers us the opportunity to focus on spiritual practices that will help us better understand ourselves and grow in our relationship with God. During this season of Lent we invite everyone to dedicate a time each day to devotion and prayer. This will look different for everyone. For some getting up 20 minutes earlier is the best time. For others it will be before bed, during lunch or while the kids are at soccer practice. For some it might require sacrificing time spent watching TV or on social media.

The content of your time will also vary by person. Some will dedicate time to engaging solely with scripture. Others will find meaning in music, poetry, art, writing/journaling, a devotion book, movement or silence. We encourage you to experiment until you find what works best for you. A sustainable spiritual practice should challenge your spirit and help you grow, but not be difficult or boring.

A resource that we are recommending is a book entitled Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson. We will have copies available for purchase at the church for $10 beginning after Ash Wednesday or you can pick up your own copy.


40 Days of Sacred Family Conversations
We often hear parents report that they do not spend enough time together as a family. Scientists and psychologists are also noting that the lack of time listening to one another and simply being together as a family is impacting the close relationships children are able to form in their teen and adult years.

To help families during this Lenten season, we have created “Lenten Prayer Kits” for families. These kits offer tools to help families to spend a few minutes together in sacred conversation each Sunday night during Lent. You can pick up a purple “Sacred Conversation Heart” envelope from the children’s tables in the Sanctuary Narthex and in the Worship Center.


Holy Week Devotions & Lunch
March 26th-30th | Noon in the Sanctuary

During Holy Week, we will be offering a time of devotion and lunch at Grace Avenue. The devotional time will consist of a brief devotion, a musical mediation (provided by area musicians) and concluding with a soup lunch (for a small cost).


Prayer Labyrinth
March 26th-30th | 8:00am*-8:00pm in the Worship Center

Walking the labyrinth is an ancient Christian tradition that combines prayer, meditation, and movement. There are many facets to this wonderful spiritual practice. In our fast-paced and hectic world, many people find it difficult to pray sitting still. The Labyrinth might just become your favorite way to pray. (*Note that on Monday, the Labyrinth will open at 1:00pm.)

Holy Week Worship

Palm Weekend
March 24th – 25th

Please join us during the normal Saturday & Sunday
worship hours as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem while preparing ourselves for the journey to the cross and finally to Easter. Children will be invited to participate in a special Palm Processional.

Holy Thursday
March 29th at 7:00pm
Beginning in Sanctuary

Come and join in this worship service that remembers
Jesus’ final evening with his disciples. In accordance with
the mystery of this holy night, we will worship in the
manner of the Taizé community with simple, contemplative music, experience holy communion and will incorporate
the optional spiritual discipline of walking the Labyrinth

in the Worship Center.

Good Friday
March 30th at 7:00pm
Sanctuary

Good Friday presents us with an opportunity to encounter the reality of Christ’s suffering and to walk with Him on His journey. Join the Adult Choirs of Grace Avenue as we remember where Christ has suffered and where He suffers today in a moving service of worship. The choir will present the beautiful Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois.

Holy Saturday
March 31st at 5:30pm
Worship Center

In the tradition of the early church, we will anticipate and continue to wait on Christ’s resurrection by celebrating the baptism of adults and families in our congregation who have never been baptized. The service will include a special Holy Saturday message. The service, with its emphasis on adult baptism, will not be a duplication of our Easter
Sunday services, but rather is intended to be a unique
event during Holy Week.

Easter Sunday Worship
April 1st, 2018

7:00am: Outdoor Sunrise Service
Come casual and enjoy the beauty of a new day!
This service will be led by our gifted youth band and orchestra.
Outdoor service, so dress for the weather and bring a chair or blanket.

8:30 am: Sanctuary
On Easter morning we will celebrate the beginning of the Easter season with a moving service of music, featuring trumpets and the Voices of Grace Youth Choir.

9:45 am: Sanctuary
Vibrant traditional worship with music featuring the Grace Avenue Adult Choirs and trumpets.

9:45 am: Worship Center
Experience an uplifting, celebratory worship experience
featuring contemporary praise music.

11:00 am: Sanctuary
Vibrant traditional worship with music featuring the Grace Avenue Adult Choirs and trumpets.

11:00 am: Worship Center
Experience an uplifting, celebratory worship experience
featuring contemporary praise music.


12:15 pm: Sanctuary

At the conclusion of this service, each child will have the
opportunity to release a butterfly and see it fly off into our
community, symbolizing Christ’s resurrection.