Online Worship Service Wednesday April 8, 2020
Online Worship Service Tuesday April 7, 2020
Online Worship Service Monday April 6, 2020
Online Worship Service Sunday April 5, 2020
Dear friends and members of Haygood UMC
This Palm Sunday begins the passion of Jesus. We started Lent by “Entering the Passion of Jesus” because all 4 Gospels tell us 3 different times that Jesus informed his disciples: “he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Clearly, Jesus’ passion (latin for “suffering”) has something to teach us about faith and discipleship, The Gospel of Mark is the only Gospel that follows Jesus’ last week day by day. It will be our focus during our Holy Week Services.
On Sunday, we will celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with our live stream service at 10 am on the Haygood UMC Facebook page. A video recording will be on our Haygood UMC website directly following, so you can watch the service in your own home anytime you choose. Monday thru Friday of Holy Week, we will post a worship service on Haygood UMC’s Facebook page and the Haygood UMC website every night at 7 pm so as individuals or as a family, we might remember the events of passion week together. On Saturday, there will be no service, only silence. In the Scripture it is the Sabbath, so nothing is written about that day; yet, even in the silence, we know God is at work. The staff continues to work out the details of Easter, so keep watch for another email during holy week regarding the specifics of that service.
In preparation for Holy Week, I encourage you to read the scriptures of that speak of each day of Holy Week found in the Gospel of Mark and to create a worship space where you will watch the service. Your worship space might have a candle, a cross, a bible and the item listed for each day.
Sunday: Read Mark 11: 1-11 and have cut green branch from your yard in your worship space.
Monday: Read Mark 11:12-19 and have Our NLI Prayer in your worship space: God of our future, we know Haygood UMC is located at this crossroad for a reason. Pour out Your Spirit upon us so we might be bold enough to seek it, have eyes to behold it, and a depth of faith to live it. Make us a beacon of God’s love to all. Amen.
Tuesday: Read Mark 11:20-13:37 and have random coins in your worship space
Wednesday: Read Mark 14:1-11 and have a small bowl of oil (can be olive oil, bath oil, cooking oil) in your worship space
Thursday: Read Mark 14:12-72 and have a piece of bread and a cup of juice or wine in your worship space.
Friday: Read Mark 15:1-47 and have a Cross in your worship space
Saturday: Spend the time in prayer and reflection on all you have heard in worship this week. Read Psalm 23 or your favorite scripture.
Sunday: Read Mark 16:1-7 and add more candles, a flashlight or a lantern to your worship center. You might want to get up and watch the sunrise this Easter morning.
I look forward to worshipping together during this holiest of weeks, even if it is by technology. May God speak to you in ways only God can during this holy week and during this time of isolation and distancing. Know how grateful I am for you and all those who are leading worship for us this week.
Grace upon Grace,
I invite you to pray this prayer with me, shared by my colleague, Rev. Michelle Matthews.
A Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable. May we who have luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
I leave you with these words from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: “Don’t be anxious about anything, rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Jesus Christ. From now on friends, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.” (Phil 4:6-8) May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord heal you and watch over you and keep you healthy now and always.
Grace upon Grace,
God of our Future, We know Haygood UMC is located at this crossroads for a reason. Pour out your spirit upon us so we might be bold enough to seek it have eyes to behold it, and a depth of faith to live it. Make us a beacon of God's love to all. Amen.
Worship Times & Locations
In-Person Services are Canceled until Further Notice
Until we are able to worship face to face again, Sunday services will continue to be live streamed on Haygood's Facebook page each Sunday at 10am and then posted to this website. Past services can be found on the worship page by using the worship link in the menu bar.
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