Six virtual Holy Week services will be available for viewing on the church’s YouTube channel. Plan to watch one each day, Monday through Saturday, OR “binge watch” them, as you are able. Experience the final week of Jesus’ life on earth through the story-telling lens of the persons closest to him. Each brief service will contain scripture, art, drama, music, and an activity for you to do at home to make the story come alive.
Before sitting down to watch any of the Holy Week videos, please gather some household items to participate in the activity that accompanies each episode.
Monday: Mary, friend of Jesus – a shallow bowl with a dollop of oil in it
Tuesday: Simon Peter, disciple – a large serving bowl filled with warm water and a couple hand towels
Wednesday: Judas, disciple – elements for communion – bread or a cracker and some kind of juice or beverage. If you have some kind of vessel that resembles a chalice, use that to contain the juice
Thursday: a Roman soldier – a red cloth, such as a towel or t-shirt
Friday: Mary, mother of Jesus – a jar filled with water
Saturday: Salome, disciple – a candle for each person and something to light it with, and a cross or something that symbolizes one
Use this Guide for Reflection as an accompaniment to your journey through the week. Reflect on the discussion questions; journal your responses or call a friend to talk about what you are discovering and meditating on.
Carve out some time in your home worship space and participate in Holy Week in a very unique way.
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Gather in worship Sunday, March 1! This week's sermon is based on
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11.
Come and be moved by prayerful musical improvisations during Wednesday evening Prayer Services, offered on March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1 from 6:00-6:15PM in the Baptistry Chapel. These services will provide a great mid-week spiritual pick-me-up along your Lenten journey!
Registration is open for the March session of Cooking Across Cultures. Reserve your spot today: eventbrite.com/cooking-across-cultures-puerto-rico
Chasing Color and Light in Columbus—an art exhibition and fund-raising auction for new sound equipment at North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The seventeen paintings displayed are a generous gift from Weiming Zhao, famed en plein air (open air) painter based in Manitoba, Canada.
Weiming grew up in remote northwestern China at the height of the Cultural Revolution. Drawing and painting were escapes from his world of political upheaval. Teaching himself and others how to read and speak English, he made his way to a new home in Manitoba via Brandon University. In 2003, after three decades away from art, he returned to his love of painting, and has since shown and sold his artwork around the world.
While visiting his brother and sister who live and work here in Columbus, Weiming spent his days painting seventeen of the renowned architectural wonders that dot the city landscape. These iconic architectural gems may have long become accepted as commonplace to Columbus’ long-term residents, but with the deft brushstrokes and vibrant colors in Weiming’s works, these famous edifices feel brand new once again. Filled with light, beauty, and enchantment, these paintings beckon Columbus residents to celebrate their city’s architectural jewels with the same wonder as first-time visitors.
Wishing to show his appreciation for the city that his brother and sister have cherished as a home away home, Weiming donated his entire Columbus collection and all proceeds from its sale to North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). New state of the art audio equipment will strengthen the church’s bonds with the city as it hosts civic and social events magnifying the diversity and creativity of the human spirit. North Christian Church was designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen, and envisioned by its founders to be not only a house of worship, but also a center for community gatherings, and it is in that spirit that Chasing Color and Light in Columbus is exhibited.
Chasing Color and Light in Columbus opens on Wednesday, September 18th at North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This event begins at 5:30 PM with guest speakers, a reception, beverages, and time not only to peruse the paintings, but also to place opening bids. The exhibition and bidding ends on November 17th with a closing celebratory event and final sale.
RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook.
Jesus encounters a man who has been ill for 38 years and asks him what seems to be a rhetorical question: Do you want to be made well?
So often in our lives we have goals we want to achieve – and we even know how to achieve them – but we create barriers to our own success. The same is true for this sick man in John’s gospel.
But Jesus breaks through those barriers – even those we erect ourselves – to bring us healing and wholeness.
Based on Psalm 67 and John 5:1-9.