Headed Home: Our Journey to Sanctuary and to Serve

by Susannah

As the season of Lent began last year, in February of 2016, we claimed as our theme, “Our Pilgrimage Journey.” David King let us borrow his grandmama’s old suitcase and we have not given it back. We continue to lug it with us EVERYWHERE. WE. GO.  It’s in worship with us every Sunday and has been since Ash Wednesday last year.

We have been on a pilgrim journey together, with God guiding us every step—every move of the way.

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As we begin this 2017 Lenten season, I want to assure you, that by the Grace of God and a tremendous amount of faithful and dedicated work by so many people, that this year, we are “Headed Home—our journey to Sanctuary and to Serve.”  And as we consider this reality and move ever closer to a new a permanent home, we do so with great joy and deep understanding that in many ways this is the beginning of a brand new journey, with God, with each other and with others.

While we may be able to unpack our suitcase and stay awhile at 100 Rogers Street, we also begin to prepare ourselves to WELCOME everyone-everyone-everyone into this new space. We, with great intention and investment, recognize the many ways that we will be able to reach-out in hope and love and justice and service in our community and beyond.

In this new spiritual house, we have been given a remarkable gift of the hope of a home, where truly and faithfully everyone-everyone-everyone can be welcomed. And you know that a structure — a house doesn’t just become a home, it takes a lot of love and care and connection and community — values that hold us together.  As we pack-up David’s grandmama’s suitcase once more, to get ready for another move, let’s pour out our prayers, our hearts, our money, our hopes and dreams, our lives — as TOGETHER, we are “Headed Home-our journey to Sanctuary and to Serve.”

During this Holy season of the Church and of our Lives, through our worship, music, prayer time, service and life together, we will claim this theme, “Headed Home.” May this time together ground us, challenge us, keep us, lift us and move us to 100 Rogers street, as we journey to Sanctuary and to Serve.

The Lenten Season

It is fitting that we are spending the season of Lent in preparation for our move. Lent is historically a time when the Church prepares for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus through prayer and repentance. It is a time to reflect on our own shortcomings, both as individuals and as a community, and ask God to forgive us and restore us. Countless hours have been spent preparing our new building, let us spend these final weeks preparing our hearts. We will enter our new home as a holy and restored people.

Ash Wednesday Worship

  • Wednesday, March 1 at the ChurchHouse
  • 7:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Community Reflection Group, Holy Communion and Prayer

  • Wednesdays, March 8 – April 12 at the ChurchHouse
  • 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Our KUCC daily Lenten devotional will provide the basis for a meaningful and engaging conversation in a small group setting.

Weekly Community Worship

  • Every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Toomer Elementary

Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Palm Sunday Worship

  • Sunday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Toomer Elementary
  • Come worship with a parade and palm branches as we celebrate the journey of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Lenten Community Reflection Group, Holy Communion and Prayer

  • Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the ChurchHouse

Maundy Thursday Worship

  • Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the ChurchHouse
  • Come and remember the Passover in the Upper Room and share in the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.

Good Friday Worship

  • Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the ChurchHouse
  • You are invited into the darkness of this day—to watch and wait with Christ on the Cross.  Beautiful Words, Music & Art will be offered.
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The Easter Season

Eastertide begins on Easter morning and last 50 days ending with the celebration of Pentecost. This is a time of worship and celebration remembering Jesus’ promise to be with us always. It can also be a time of preaching and teaching about the early church and the many ways they shared the Good News of the Resurrection and created sacred space and home in their gatherings together. It is a time when the church lifts up that Christ Is Risen…Christ is Risen Indeed!

Great Easter Celebration and Sunrise Service!

  • Sunday, April 16 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Children’s Egg Hunt at 8:00 a.m.
  • Easter Brunch following worship
  • Note: there will be no 5:00 p.m. worship on Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited to join us at the Sunrise Worship service.
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