Lent 2017--Roll Down Justice
A Worship Design Studio Worship Series Inspired by the Music of Mark A. Miller
21 I hate, I reject your festivals;
I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies.
22 If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food—
I won’t be pleased;
I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals.
23 Take away the noise of your songs;
I won’t listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
~Amos 5:21-24 (CEB)
Lent is intended to be a time set apart in the year-long calendar to remind ourselves who we are called to be and what we are called to do as followers of Jesus in this world. This year, our Lenten travels will flow with the call from Amos to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” As Amos brashly proclaims, worship without justice is not acceptable, is not worship. Instead, our prayers, songs, and praise must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized.
This Lent, using the powerful and justice-filled music of Mark Miller and embracing the promises of our baptism (which is the origin of Lent), we will reflect and renew our commitment to let our voices be tuned to the heart of the Gospel-Good News-proclaiming God’s love for all people.
What prejudices and presumptions are we challenged to ‘give up’ as a Lenten practice of fasting and abstinence?
How are we willing to ‘give’ of ourselves for the sake of God’s justice in the world?
From Ash Wednesday to Easter morning, let justice roll down! Click Here to view the trailer.
Ash Wednesday: March 1-Two worship services, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Make Me an Instrument of Peace: We claim the promises made at our baptism, as the waters of justice washed over us and claimed us as God's own, and we renew our calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We 're-cognize' (re-think) and tune our hearts and lives to God.
Lent 1: March 5-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm (Holy Communion)
What Name is Given this Child of God?: In the sacrament of baptism, we take a special moment to speak the precious name of the child of God being baptized and welcomed. In a world obsessed with who is 'right' and who is 'wrong,' and who is on which side, it a wondrous and radical endeavor to name each person as a beloved Child of God--no matter what labels the world might use.
Lent 2: March 12-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
How Long, O Lord, How Long?: Over half of the worship songs of the Israelites were laments-songs of sorrow, grief, and pain. They were composed in a time of exile and persecution. They were written by poets trying to give voice to the heartbreak of the people. Today, we lament the injustice of our time, and seek to give voice to the fear and pain.How will we put our baptismal promise into practice--to resist evil in all its forms?
Lent 3: March 19-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
I Dream of a Church: In our baptismal promises, we commit to nurture others and are instructed to 'serve as Christ's representatives in the world.' On the third Sunday of Lent, we ask the question, "do we, as the church, look and act like Jesus?"
Lent 4: March 26-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
I Choose Love: Every time someone is baptized, the whole church body that is gathered in worship also speaks vows. One of the things we promise is to be a community of love and forgiveness. Each day we must choose between letting the difficult things about life create resentment and bitterness in us, or allowing the work of forgiveness to make way for love.
Lent 5: April 5-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm (Holy Communion)
God Has Work for Us to Do, Faithful Disciples: Isaiah speaks of being 'a well-watered garden like a spring of water that won't run dry." Our baptismal waters continue to feed the streams of justice through the Holy Spirit working within us every time we set our hands and feet to the work of God in the world.\
Passion & Palm Sunday: April 9-Worship at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm
The Day is Coming: We are One-The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, riding a humble work animal, was a vision of the coming day when power will be displayed not with military might but through solidarity with all people in the name of love and justice. On Palm Sunday, we pray for a time when we are one and when we support one another on the road of life.
Holy Week Pilgrimage: Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm
Traveling Companions-Journey to the Water: Our journey begins in the Fellowship Hall around tables of grace. Here we will sit together, share food, and center ourselves in Communion and God's word. The bread and cup will lead us to the cross, in the Embury Room adjacent to the sanctuary. Here we will experience more of Jesus' passion story and kindle the light of Christ in our midst. Finally, the bread, cup and flame will lead us to the sanctuary. Here we will discover the waters of our baptism, and remember the promises we are called to live.
Our Academic Year Schedule 2016-2017
10:00 am Morning Ministry:
Our morining worship gathers in the sanctuary at 10:00 am. Music is led alternating between our beautiful organ and the Steinway piano. Our sanctuary choir provides a variety of musical offerings as well. The format of the service is traditional, but with varying liturgy and worship elements. Our children begin with us in worship. Following the sermon they travel down to our education wing for Sunday school with our adult teachers.
Following worship we join together in a coffee/tea fellowship in the Embury Room, adjoining the sanctuary. The teachers will bring our children up to the fellowship time around 11:15 to meet their parents/guardians. A nutritional snack is provided for them, along with the fellowship foods.
5:00 pm The Gathering Evening Ministry:
The Gathering is a relatively new ministry here at First UMC Oneonta. Worship begins at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary with our awesome band, Crossfire. Lyrics and other details are projected on a big screen and the worship lighting is lower creating an intimate feel in our large space. Following worship is a community meal and educational ministries for all ages. See our Gathering page and Education pages.
We serve Holy Communion normally on the first Sundays of each month and on holy days, such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Our Communion bread is gluten free, homemade, and tasty. We are happy to accomodate other allergies, food intolerances, or needs. Simply speak to the pastor or lay leaders.