To See and Be Seen: To Know and Be Known
Experiencing the Holy through The Voices And Experiences Of Women
In a time in our culture when we in the progressive church are trying to celebrate and honor the experiences and voices of women, we have decided to focus on the what it means to encounter the Divine in our lives, in the lives of others and in the movements of the world. Through music, word, symbol and images we will hear from, listen to, learn from and cherish the way women historically and in our midst are teaching us about our faith.
In worship we will encounter stories of Jesus and women. Sometimes we’ll rewrite the text for emphasis. Sometimes we’ll listen to women from the congregation reflect on it. We’ll respond with creative readings. We’ll sing music given to us by women. Our series has been organized by a group of women from the congregation who cherish the way the Divine Feminine and the Father God work in all of our lives.
We’ve created a devotional of short prayers and photos designed to illuminate the ancient faith greeting, “The Christ in Me Greets the Christ in You.” A small group of us created 40 ways praying and living with that ancient mantra that we hope will be lifegiving. This will be available in church beginning February 11. We will also post the daily offerings online on the church Facebook Page.
February 11: Holy Greeting, Holy Enemies, Holy Help
This last Sunday before Lent begins will help us turn our focus to the theme.
Winton Boyd preaching. Reading and Ritual by Jane Daley and Jill Westburg
February 18: Wine, Women and … Whatever – Marriage at Cana (John 2:1-12)
Ken Pennings Preaching. Creative Scriptural Rewrite by Sharon Goss
February 25: Deep Calls to Deep – The Samaritan Woman @ the Well (John 4:4-42)
We’ll hear from women of the congregation as they reflect on this story and how it connects with their experiences.
March 4: Matthew 15:21-28
Tammy Martens preaching. Baptism of Kaari Bjork
March 11: The Fragrance of Faith – Anointing at Bethany (John 12:1-8)
The service will include a ritual of prayer and anointing
March 18: God Speaks To Each Of Us As She Makes Us – Mary & Martha (Lk. 10:38-42)
Helene Nelson preaching
March 25: Palm/Passion Sunday: A Mother’s Lament (John 19: 25b-27, Luke 23:49)
We’ll hear from the experiences of those who are mothers and how this impacts their faith and spirituality.
April 1 Easter – The Dance of Faithfulness (John 20:1-18)