Toward Right Relationship
Join us at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 9th for a worshipful workshop, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, which will take the place of our regular summer worship service. Worship will be set up in the chancel area of the Metropolitan Memorial sanctuary in concentric circles. This interactive presentation, performed by a group of 12 Native American college students and visiting Elders, traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.
Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship” with Native American peoples. There will be a 30-minute reading of history by four voices followed by responses from those present.
Due to the interactive nature of this workshop and its content, it is recommended for those ages ten and over. (Lego® Sunday School will take place concurrently for the younger children.) You may be asked to stand and participate, as you are able, and the event will conclude with a time for reflection in the trust circle model, where people have an opportunity to share what they heard and felt.
Following the service, there will be a time for fellowship with our guests at More than Coffee Hour in the Vestry.
Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent, in which ashes are applied to the foreheads of Christians to signify an inner repentance. At Metropolitan Memorial we offer a service at 7:30pm with the imposition of ashes and the celebration of Holy Communion.
Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter. Also referred to as "Holy Thursday" or "Great Thursday" in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus' betrayal. Worship is at 7:30 pm.
Good Friday: The Seven Last Words
Jesus Christ made seven final statements during his last hours on the cross. These phrases are held dear by followers of Christ because they offer a glimpse into the depth of his suffering to accomplish redemption. Recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and his death, they reveal his divinity as well as his humanity. Join us from Noon to 3pm on Good Friday to hear 7 different preachers walk us through those seven last words of Jesus on the Cross.
In the evening of Good Friday, we offer a service of readings and diminishing lights. Scripture is read, candles are extinguished and the Sanctuary is emptied. We listen to songs of sorrow and love. After a sermon, we are invited to hammer a nail into the cross to symbolize the releasing of our sins and/or we may light a candle as a reminder of the hope promised through Christ's act of selfless love. We depart in silence. Worship is at 7:30pm with music by the Dayspring Choir.
As a church committed to exploring our diversity through a wide-variety of worship, we offer occasion services throughout the liturgical year, such as Healing, Taize, and lay-led worship exploring what it means to be 21st century Christians.