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Community Lenten Services 2021

We gather again this year for Lent, and to gather as the community of God gathered in mission, service, and worship together in Marion. This year, our worship will be online, and shared with our community in a prerecorded format. Videos will be posted to premiere at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in Lent, as woudl be our time if we were…

Worship Updates

Friends, The Session wanted to relay to you some of our discussions about worship as we head into the fall and Advent and Christmas. We have been worshiping via Zoom for 7 months now, and we have begun to have a small group of people back in the worship space.  In the short term, we will continue holding a hybrid worship service.…

Online Worship Updates

For the foreseeable future, our worship will be based online. We are using Zoom as our worship platform. You can download Zoom from https://zoom.us/download or from your mobile platform app store. For the connection information please contact the church office. If you’d like to follow along in worship later, then we have two options: You can find our online worship recordings on…

Give Life on March 30, 2021!

We’ll be hosting a Red Cross Blood drive on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 2 to 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The summer months have a particularly high need for blood, and a number of blood drives have had to be cancelled over the length of the COVID-19 pandemic, so supplies are down. If…

February 28, 2021 – Extra Time – The Second Sunday in Lent

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35              These two passages sandwich around a passage about the Sabbath. At the beginning we get the setup for how ruthless Pilate is, and at the start of the second passage, we get warnings about Herod. Those are two of the local political powers that we heard about back at the baptism of Jesus (ch. 3).            It appears…

February 21, 2021 – You’ve Heard this Before – The First Sunday in Lent

Luke 10:25-42                         Old story, 2 old stories. Familiar stories. Reimagine these stories for today. Veteran by the side of the road with cardboard sign instead of man in the ditch, those fleeing danger, and those who are in need. What about the Samaritan – who would be that person for us, for you?            What’s the real message in the…

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Due to the existing snow and ice, and the weather forecast for tomorrow that has the weather arriving mid-afternoon, we have decided to cancel the in person Ash Wednesday Service. Attached is the order of service, and I have made a brief video for you to use, if you’d like. There is also an Ash…

February 14, 2021 – Transfiguration – Transfiguration Sunday

Luke 9:28-45            Transfiguration doesn’t just happen on the top of the mountain. That’s where we remember it, and that’s what we name the liturgical day after, but it doesn’t just happen on top of the mountain.     At the bottom of the mountain, a man’s son has been transfigured. No longer the beloved son, but is now possessed of an…

February 7, 2021 – Recognition – The 5th Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 7:1-17        The centurion recognizes in Jesus someone with power to heal. The Elders recognize the centurion as someone who has been good to them and to their community. Jesus recognizes a request for help, and starts to walk over. The centurion recognizes the authority in Jesus when Jesus is not quite yet to the house. Jesus recognizes faith. Next, Jesus…

January 24, 2021 – Whose Effort? – The 3rd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 5:1-11                    Jesus goes out in a boat. He goes out in a boat because there are so many people who want to hear his teaching. So he gets in Simon’s boat, and pushes back from the shore. He teaches, and when he’s done, he tells Simon where to fish. Simon tells Jesus that they’ve been trying that. As a…

January 17, 2021 – New Ears – The 2nd Sunday After Epiphany

Luke 4:14-30                                           Jesus comes back to Nazareth, preaches and is not well received. There’s a lot of human behavior happening here. There’s the inability to imagine God being right here, or a small town boy done that good. There’s a fear of God getting this close. There’s an assumption of arrogance.            Jesus has a response for all of it…