What's Happening at FUMC

 

Devotions for Holy Week

Devotions for Holy Week (March 25-31)

                Here are some options for being a part of Holy Week devotions together as a church.  Consider joining Rev. White for lunch (noon) and devotions on Monday, March 26th, at Mission BBQ (Dutch Treat) and on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 27th & 28th) at “the Gathering Place” for a “bring your own bag lunch” time of fellowship and devotions. Or, form your own small groups (perhaps your family) and do these devotions together.  If you are unable to do them with others, then you can do them on your own.  The devotions are designed to be multisensory and fun!  Experiment!

Sunday, March 25th

Join us for worship and the traditional procession downtown between the services.  During each event, what might you see, hear, touch, taste, or smell? 

Monday, March 26th

Prayer                                                                                        The Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but

first suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he

was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way

of the cross, may find none other than the way of life and

peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives

and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Gospel                                                                                                                                                         John 12:1-11

Reflection

There are many kinds of sensory details in this story.  Today, focus on the sounds named, and those you can imagine: the alabaster jar opening, the echoes of the room as Jesus and Judas spoke, and the conspiratorial voices of the chief priests planning to put Jesus to death. Become aware of the way in which these sounds orient you with respect to this text.  Write your experiences down and share them with others. 

The Prophet                                                                                                                                                       Isaiah 42:1-9

Reflection

After reading and hearing the words of the prophet, what other sounds do you hear in the gospel reading? Again, write down your reflections and share them with someone else. 

 

The Intercessions                                     Prayers of the People at Morning Prayer (UMC Book of Worship)

Together, let us pray

    for the people of this congregation… Hear us, and help us hear and love.

    for those who suffer and those in trouble…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.

    for the concerns of this local community... Hear us, and help us hear and love.

    for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.

    for the earth you have given to our care…  Hear us, and help us hear and love.

    for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission… Hear us, and help us hear and   love.

In the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

Tuesday, March 27th

Prayer                                                                                         The Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an

Instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life:

Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly

suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior

Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Gospel                                                                                                                                                         John 12:20-36

Reflection

Focus today on your sense of sight.  The request of the non-Jewish leaders was to see Jesus.  What do you “see” as you imagine Jesus and the others in this scene? Write the images down, or draw them, and share them with someone else. 

The Prophet                                                                                                                                                        Isaiah 49:1-7

Reflection

After reading or hearing the words of the prophet, what images can you visualize with your mind’s eye? Write down your thoughts, or draw, and share as before. 

The Intercessions         Prayers of the People at Morning Prayer (The United Methodist Book of Worship)    

Together, let us pray

    for the people of this congregation… See us, and help us see and love.

    for those who suffer and those in trouble…  See us, and help us see and love.

    for the concerns of this local community... See us, and help us see and love.

    for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…  See us, and help us see and love.

    for the earth you have given to our care…  See us, and help us see and love.

    for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission… See us, and help us see and love.

    in communion with the saints….  See us, and help us see and love.

In the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer                                                                                         The Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an

instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life:

Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly

suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior

Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Wednesday, March 28th

Prayer                                                                                   The Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be

whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept

joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the

glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our

Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Gospel                                                                                                                                                         John 13:21-32

Reflection

Focus deeply on the sense of touch and your physical experience of this text.  Imagine the feel of the bread.  Imagine the feeling one has in the gut, if one is deeply troubled.  What other physical sensations can you imagine related to this text?  Pain?  Regret?  Sadness?  Write them down and share. 

The Prophet                                                                                                                                                       Isaiah 50:4-9a

Reflection

After reading or hearing the words of the prophet, what else do you now sense in the gospel reading? Give yourself time to write down your additional reflections, then share what you sensed.

The Intercessions          Prayers of the People at Morning Prayer (The United Methodist Book of Worship)

Together, let us pray

    for the people of this congregation… Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    for those who suffer and those in trouble…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    for the concerns of this local community... Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    for the earth you have given to our care…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission… Sense us, and help us sense and love.

    in communion with the saints….  Sense us, and help us sense and love.

In the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer                                                                               From The Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be

whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept

joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the

glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our

Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Offer signs of peace to one another, and part in silence.

Thursday, March 29th

Come to “The Room Upstairs” Dinner-Theater Worship Service, 6:30pm, in the Fellowship Hall.  Focus on all of your senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. If you are unable to worship with us, please read, Luke 22:14-23 and John 13. Try to imagine what your senses would experience if you were in the Upper Room.

Good Friday, March 30th

Reading:  John 19:23-24

Prayer:  Lord, it seems cruel to call Good Friday “Good” when everything that happened in it was bad.  The crucifixion was such an unholy, corrupt, event in human history.  Yet the cross is also a sign of your immense and complete love for us.   Walk with us during this season Lord Christ.  Help us to walk with you throughout our lives.  Amen. 

Reflection

Though it may be difficult, try to imagine the scene described in this reading, giving attention to each of your senses.  This event is troubling.  If it is too intense for you, then remember what you felt, but discontinue the exercise.   With your senses as your guide, consider the fact that Christ endured these things, neither for anyone’s perception of “right thinking” nor for any contemporary issue.  Rather, Christ gave himself for YOU.  Then reflect that Jesus also underwent these things for all of the other people that you know—family, friends, and even enemies.  Will you allow your life to be transformed by the depth of Christ’s love in any way? How? Write down your ideas.  

Saturday, March 31st

Introduction

Holy Week has been quite a journey.  On Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem.  Monday through Wednesday, he confronted religious leaders, with event variances in the gospel accounts.  On Thursday evening Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and washed the disciple’s feet.  On Friday, he was crucified.  Little happened on Saturday, and maybe we are glad for that after what occurred the prior day. 

Reading                                                                                                                                                 Matthew 27:57-66

Prayer

Like the seed buried in the ground, you have produced a harvest within us; may we likewise bear fruit.  Son of the living God, You have allowed us, through baptism, to be buried with You; grant that we may also rise with You in baptism and walk in newness of life, through the resurrection of Jesus, now and forever.  Amen. 

Reflection

After the crucifixion, Jesus was placed in a borrowed tomb.  Guards were set, so that no one would steal the body.  Spend some time today, praying and thinking, so that you might remember your baptism tomorrow at Easter Sunrise, and celebrate the resurrection in worship at 8:30 or 11am.

Plan a Visit

Location

fumcwinchester.org
308 North Braddock Street
WinchesterVA22601US

Contact