Lenten Sermon Series: Covenant
Most adults have had the experience of signing a contract or other legal document. Contracts are built on distrust, protecting ourselves from liability if the other person doesn’t hold up his or her end of the agreement. Yet healthy human development and relationships are built on trust. Trust becomes possible only when we willingly and lovingly yield all authority and power and make ourselves vulnerable. The deepest and most eternal trust that undergirds our souls comes from a relationship with God, who has given all to be with us and keeps not only God’s promises but ours as well, in an unbreakable love know as covenant.
Wednesday Interfaith Services
Each Wednesday during Lent the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium hosts a worship service at noon at the Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, just behind the Jonnet Plaza. Members of all Christian faiths are invited to come together for a brief half-hour worship service, followed by a luncheon, hosted by the preaching pastor’s congregation. Join us at noon each Wednesday during the Lenten season! Noon services will be held on Wednesdays, February 21, February 28, and March 7, March 14 and March
March 18 – Fifth Sunday in Lent - We welcome the Rev. Dr. David Esterline today as he will lead our Faith Works Adult Education class on the topic of racism. David will continue with that topic during our worship service. The Rev. Dr. David Esterline became president and professor of cross-cultural theological education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2015 after serving in a variety of faculty and administrative positions at McCormick Theological Seminary since 1997: dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, the James G. K. McClure Professor of Theological Education, director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education, and professor of cross-cultural education and ministry. Previously, he became a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker serving as a lecturer at Theological College, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, and as academic dean, lecturer, and chair of the Biblical Studies department at Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji Islands.
Holy Week Worship
March 25 – Palm Sunday – Our Palm Sunday message will be “What Happens When You Assume?” based on Philippians 2:5-11 and Mark 11:1-11. While the Romans assumed that Christ might stir up another revolution, the people on the streets assumed Jesus would affirm God’s covenant with Israel by ushering in a earthly Davidic kingdom. Jesus, however, introduced another way. Jesus began a revolution of grace, justice, forgiveness and hope.
March 29 - Maundy Thursday –6:30 p.m. - Join us at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a shared meal, as we remember the night of Jesus’ arrest and share in Communion together.
March 30 - Good Friday –7:30 p.m. - On this most holy day of the year, we will observe our traditional Tenebrae service. Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary as we listen again to the story of Christ’s betrayal, extinguish the candles, and move into the shadow of the Cross.
April 1 – Easter Sunday begins a new Easter Series: Belong, Behave, Believe. We will celebrate the Resurrection with one worship service at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Rob’s sermon title is “Insider Knowledge” and our texts are Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18. “Believe, Behave, Belong.” That was the pattern for accepting and integrating people into the life of the church community during the 1950’s and 1960’s. However, if you pay attention to how Jesus worked, you’ll notice that he didn’t follow this well-worn methodology all that well. He transformed confused or dubious individuals into disciples. I don’t fully understand the resurrection. I probably never will. I doubt that you will ever fully understand it either. Most likely, none of us will ever behave the way that we think we are supposed to. But know this: You belong. You have a place here. You are known, and you belong. That’s a pretty good place to start.