We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Message: “Love One Another”

I know that I have life only insofar as I have love.
I have no love except it come from Thee.
Help me, please, to carry this candle against the wind."
~ Wendell Berry

Question for Reflection
In Acts 11:1–18, Peter, led by the Spirit, discloses God’s new directions to heal creation, and the church reconfigures its social boundaries. The Gentiles, who were excluded from the church in Jerusalem because their eating habits were judged to be vile and unclean, are now included by the reconciling work of the Spirit. Where is God’s Spirit opening us to new directions in mission this day?

We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Access the April 17 Worship Bulletin HERE!
Message: “Beyond the Shadowlands”

The Annual Meeting will be held NEXT SUNDAY, April 24, 2016
Join us for lunch in the Social Room after the worship service, and make plans to stay for the Annual Meeting immediately following. The meeting will include such things as the election of officers and the review of the 2015 Annual Report.

We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Access the April 10 worship bulletin HERE!

Morning Household Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
as you met your disciples just after daybreak on the beach,
meet us at the dawning of this new day.
As you filled their nets with fish,
fill our lives with love and grace,
more than we can ask or imagine.
In your holy name we pray. Amen.

We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Access the April 3 Worship Bulletin here!
Message: “Not What We Expect to Hear!”

Question for Reflection
Thomas doubted the resurrection until he saw the nail holes and put
his finger in the wound of the risen Christ’s hands and side. We,
too, have been wounded in this life, and our society often teaches
us to hide our wounds and vulnerabilities. What might happen if,
like Christ, we invited those shut down by life to explore our
wounds?



Evening Prayer
Jesus, tonight I remember that your gospel gives me the power
to forgive any and all,
through the gift of your Holy Spirit,
and that includes forgiving myself.
Breathe your peace into me so that even if I pierced you today, I
can still see you coming to embrace me
with your freedom and love this night. Amen.

We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Message “There’s Room for YOU”

Questions for Reflection:
What difference does it make to believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead?
How does your faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ change the way you think about sin and death?
How does it change the way you live?



… There have been times when, after long on my knees, a stone has rolled from my mind, and I have looked in and seen the old questions lie folded and in a place by themselves, like the piled grave clothes of love’s risen body.
… from “The Promise” by R.S. Thomas

Maundy Thursday service March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Join with us on Maundy Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. as we remember the Lord’s commands and celebrate His Supper. We’ll do so knowing what the next day, Good Friday, will bring ... his passion and death ...his selfless act showing his saving love for us, to the love He showed for us on the following day as He laid down His life to save us.

"Leonardo imagined, and has succeeded in expressing, the desire that has entered the minds of the apostles to know who is betraying their Master. So in the face of each one may be seen love, fear, indignation, or grief at not being able to understand the meaning of Christ; and this excites no less astonishment than the obstinate hatred and treachery to be seen in Judas."  (Georgio Vasari, Lives of the Artists, 1568; translated by George Bull). (source: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/renaissance-reformation/high-ren-florence-rome/leonardo-da-vinci/a/leonardo-last-supper)

We commit to learning, proclaiming and living the love of God.

Sunday, March 20, is Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus’ triumphant en-try into Jerusalem as the crowds greeted him with praises. This is your invitation to join us in recalling the significance of the day as we parade into the sanctuary waving our palms and shouting our praises.

SOMETHING NEW! WE WILL GATHER ON GREENCASTLE SQUARE AT 10:30 A.M. (IN FRONT OF ANNA’S PAPERWORKS) Palms will be passed out and worship will begin right there with the reading of the Palm Sunday story and the Call to Worship! Then with praise on our lips we will march into the sanctuary by THE SIDE ELEVATOR DOOR.

Participation in the Palm Sunday Parade is optional … you are invited and encouraged! And if it’s raining or snowing (perish the thought) we’ll start worship as we usually do inside.
Invite and bring a friend! It’s going to be a joy-filled and memorable way to begin worship — a Palm Sunday to remember!

Questions for Reflection
The events of Holy Week make up the central story of our faith.
Can we see the suffering of others in our world in the passion of Jesus?
What are some ways that the daughters and sons of humanity are crucified today?
How are we called to respond?

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
Sunday, 3-20 
9:15 Confirmation Class
9:30 Sunday School
10:45 Worship—Palm Sunday
5:00 Aftershock
7:00 Community Service @ Otterbein
United Brethren Church

Monday, 3-21
6:45 Women of Faith

Wednesday, 3-23 
6:00 Nominating Committee
7:00 Ladies AA

Thursday, 3-24
7:00 Maundy Thursday—Communion

Friday, 3-25
12:00 Good Friday Recital