Join us for Holy Week as we again experience the story of the last week of Jesus’ life and ponder anew the meaning of new life in Christ and the challenges that new life places upon us and the ways we share God’s grace and peace with the world.
Sunday March 24 – Passion Sunday
Through the sharing of scripture and special music we will walk together through the Holy Week story, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Worship begins at 10:45 AM in our sanctuary.
Thursday March 28 – Maundy Thursday Meal and Worship
On this day we remember the story of Jesus’ final meal with his disciples and his mandate that they “love one another.” We will join together with our sister churches Centennial Christian and Memorial Blvd. Christian at Centennial (4950 Fountain Ave) starting at 6 PM for a meal (please bring a dessert if you can) followed by a worship service at 7pm in the sanctuary. Rev. Brian Kirk will share the evening’s message. All are invited to participate.
Sunday March 31 – Easter Sunday
Our day of celebration begins with at 9:30 AM with an all-church pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Room at Union Avenue. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, coffee, and great fellowship are on the menu. Breakfast will be served until 10:15 so join us any time. A table with activities for younger children will be available. The gallery in the Fellowship Room will be host to a brand new exhibit of colorful art created by students at North Side Community School.
The morning will culminate with worship at 10:45 in the sanctuary with music, prayer, story, and communion.
Beginning Sunday March 10, we’ll be offering an intergenerational Sunday morning class for teens and adults entitled “YouTube Faith.”
Leaders Barry Kirk and Britani Hollis will utilize several YouTube videos each Sunday to engage the group in a discussion of faith, theology, and mission.
Not all videos selected for viewing will necessarily be “religious” but all will be chosen for their ability to provoke, or challenge, or inspire engaging conversation on what it means to journey in faith together. Class participants are also welcome to suggest videos for future discussions.
This class will meet in the lounge on the third floor each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.
Faith Communities United will kick off its week of activities centered around educational outreach and the healing of those living with HIV/AIDS Saturday March 2, with a prayer breakfast at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Catholic Church (1118 N. Grand 63106).
Other activities for the week include: an ecumenical worship service hosted by Liberation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Sunday, March 3, at noon (6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112); a forum and panel discussion hosted by St. John United Church of Christ (4138 N. Grand 63107) Tuesday, March 5, beginning at 7 p.m.; an evening of straight talk about the transmission of HIV/AIDS hosted by Christ the King United Church of Christ (11370 Old Halls Ferry Road 63033) Friday, March 8; and closing ecumenical worship services Sunday, March 10, hosted by Washington Metropolitan AME Zion Church (613 N. Garrison 63103), beginning at 3 p.m.
Union Avenue’s Senior Pastor Suzanne Webb will be preaching at the closing worship service of this area-wide celebration.
Our newest exhibit in the church’s Gretchen Brigham Gallery bears the same name as our Lenten 2013 theme: “Embracing the Struggle.” The exhibit focuses on the place of the cross in Christian theology and the many ways it represents the struggle to strive for life even in the face of oppression, injustice, antipathy, and sorrow. Works in the exhibit include classical depictions of the last days of Jesus’ life and crucifixion from the church’s permanent art collection as well as creative depictions of the cross created by church members of all ages at our recent “Cross Workshop.” This exhibit will be on display through the season of Lent.