Sugar River is organized around its purpose (and process) to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Specifically, Sugar River exists for families, friends, and neighbors to Connect, Grow, and Serve in our relationship with God and others.
Holy and generous God, guide us to connect our soul purpose with You and Your will, that our relationships may flourish, leading us into a breakthrough year of growth and service, exceeding our dreams and expectations. In Jesus name, Amen.
March 29th, 6:30pm: Maundy Thursday
Scripture Lesson: Scriptures from the last week of Jesus’ life before leading up to the crucifixion.
The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. This powerful and reflective service uses increasing darkness to symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness symbolizing the death of Jesus. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.
March 30th, 1 PM Good Friday Prayer Service
It Is Finished
Scripture Lesson: John 19:28-30
This Good Friday Prayer Service will give us an opportunity to spend time in the presence of God during the remembrance and celebration of God’s sacrificial love for all of humanity. What redeeming value is there in death? We will explore the profound meaning of Jesus crucifixion and prepare for the new life of Easter. What did Jesus mean when he said on the cross, “It Is Finished.”? Could it be that in the darkest hour, we find our new life taking root in the fertile soil of God’s grace.
March 25th: Palm Sunday
Paul’s Final Years
Scripture Lesson: Acts 20:22-24, 36-38
“Twenty years had passed since Paul, transformed by his conversion to Christ, had arrived in Jerusalem from Damascus. Times and people had changed, including Paul. He had traveled thousands of miles by land and sea, taking the gospel across the Roman Empire. He had founded churches, mentored the next generation of Christian leaders, and written half a dozen letters that would become the earliest written documents in the New Testament. He had profoundly shaped Christian theology and, though he had no way of know it, literally altered the future of Western civilization.” Paul had remained faithful to his call, he had run the good race.
Here is a question for all of us from Adam’s book, The Call, “What won’t happen if you don’t do what God has called you to do?” Let’s work on answering this one together.