David Brooks on Community and Commitment

David Brooks is a favorite author of mine. His words convey sincere and thoughtful critique of our world and our place in it. Writing on the edges of what has traditionally been religious conversation, his words invite and challenge all who will listen. Here is podcast he did at the Fuller Studio: Resources for a Deeply Formed Life. I think it contains helpful constructs for us as a community of faith as we seek to discover and walk in "God’s good way.”

-Pastor Jan

Good Friday Tenebrae Invite

This Lent we are journeying through the seven last words of a dying Jesus. Discovering the beauty of their meaning, it seems good to experience the words together as one whole. What a better way than to attend Good Friday worship.

You are invited to attend the Tenebrae: Service of Shadows at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. It is one of the most beautiful Good Friday worship services in the cities.

“This service commemorates the death of Jesus and his descent into hell. Tenebrae is Latin for shadows/darkness. As the service unfolds, all candles and lights in The Basilica are extinguished until only one candle remains. When the last candle is carried out of the church and complete darkness fills The Basilica, the organ and timpani begin a symbolic earthquake.“

The service begins at 7:00 PM. It is best to arrive by 6:30 PM. It is long service (about two hours) but a dynamic worship sequence with music, scriptures, procession, incense and symbols. Elementary children encouraged to attend.

You’re Invited: Dinner & Prayer Walk 

Join the Van Norman’s for dinner and a one mile prayer walk around Lake Sullivan (a distinguished pond nearby). In this season of Lent, it will be a time to connect, walk, catch your breath, enjoy the beauty of spring, pray, and eat. We would enjoy having you with us. All ages are welcome.

When: Thursday, April 11th, 6:00-7:30pm 

Where: Columbia Heights @ Van Norman’s

Bring: Walking shoes and food item to share 

RSVP to Pastor Laura by Sunday, April 7th if you’d like to come!

Food items and address will be emailed out closer to the date. 

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