This Sunday we come to the beloved “faith, hope and love” passage in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. We will also collect non-perishable food, especially food containing protein, for the Sayville Food Pantry, as well as cash donations for the Deacons’ Fund, used to provide anonymous financial assistance to member of our community.
Following the Narrative Lectionary, we arrive at the Ascension and the promise of a “Second Coming. We will come to the Lord’s Table in celebration, and will accept donations of non-perishable food (especially items containing protein) for the Sayville Food Pantry and cash donations for the Deacons’ Fund used to provide confidential assistance to members of our community.
Palm Sunday (March 20th)
Join us at 11am as we kick off Holy Week, recounting the story of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday (March 24th)
Join us for a traditional service at 7pm in our historic Sanctuary. This service will include the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
Good Friday (March 25th)
Join us for a traditional service at 7pm in our historic Sanctuary. We will recount the events of Good Friday with readings and songs in this most solemn of services.
Easter Sunday (March 27th)
Many members of the local community join us for a free ride and a lay-led Sunrise Service on the Great South Bay. Dress warmly, bring a blanket, and join us at the Sayville Ferry terminal for a 6am sharp departure. Pancakes will be served in the Fellowship Hall after this service.
Celebration of the Resurrection
Finally, our joyous celebration takes place on Easter Sunday at 11am. After worship, join us for an Easter Egg Hunt.
The Temple Mount and the ruin known as the Western Wall remain among the most hotly disputed locations on the planet, with Jews, Christians and Muslims all laying claim to this Holy Ground, and struggles within those faiths for access, including the Women of the Wall, pictured above. Imagine the impact when Jesus predicted that the Temple, then still standing and a sign of Hebrew nationalism and aspiration, would be destroyed. This week we will struggle with the 13th Chapter of the Gospel According to Mark, and ask how we are to live in an age of dire predictions.
We continue our concentrated journey through the Gospel According to Mark with the second half of the 12th chapter, text that includes the Great Commandment, showy religion, and the Widow’s Mite. We will come to Christ’s Table, breaking bread and sharing the cup. We will have the opportunity to contribute to One Great Hour of Sharing, a ministry of the UCC that responds to emergencies and disasters in the US and abroad. This is especially important during the current refugee crisis. Finally, we will collect non-perishable food to assist those facing hunger in our local community. Please remember that the Sayville Food Pantry has a special need for foods containing protein, including soups and beans.
It is an uncomfortable image for an uncomfortable story. This week we turn to the parable of the wicked tenants (Mark 12:1-12), long used by Christians to justify antisemitism. Moving beyond the question of supersessionism (the idea that the Christian covenant superseded the covenant with the Hebrew people), we might wonder if we now find ourselves on the wrong side of the story. While the scripture may challenge us, we will also take time to celebrate, including the ordination of a new deacon in Christ’s church. We hope to see you there at 11:00am.
We continue our Lenten journey, and our journey through Mark, with a reading from the 10th chapter. Jesus asks James and John if they are willing to drink from the same cup. Little do they know…
After worship, Pastor Gary will introduce the Fourth Phoenix Affirmation: Christian love of God includes expressing our love in worship that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is scriptural.
But he was just born!
This week we are already at the first Passion prediction and the Transfiguration. It is the first Sunday of the month, so we will gather at Christ’s Open Table in celebration. We’ll also collect non-perishable goods, particularly those with protein, for the Sayville Food Pantry, as well as monetary donations for the Deacons’ Fund, used to provide confidential assistance to members in need.
Heads will roll! This week we find Jesus teaching in his hometown, and also hear the final chapter in the story of John the Baptizer. The disciples get the instruction to “shake off the dust” and move on. What does that mean for us as church?
After worship, members and friends will gather to discuss the 3rd Phoenix Affirmation: Christian love of God includes celebrating the God whose Spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God’s Creation, including the earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christian and non-Christian, the human and non-human.