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Lesson: Mark 8:27-37
Message: “Being prepared to carry a cross”
This week we continue in the Season of Lent reading in the Gospel of Mark. In Sunday’s passage we witness some conversations between Jesus and the disciples around the question of whether or not Jesus is the Messiah and what exactly this means. It’s kind of a roller coaster. The apostle Peter proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus tells them to keep this to themselves. Then Jesus lets them all know the cost that this will come with – that the Messiah will be killed. This isn’t at all what they were expecting from a savior! Harder still, Jesus tells them that if they are to follow him, they must take up their crosses as well. We’ll look at what this passage might mean for us… how do we follow Jesus? What is Jesus asking of us in our faith, in our time? This is one of the truly challenging questions about Lent as we prepare for Holy Week and Christ’s passion – how are we a part of this?
In reflection this week, I’d encourage you to listen to our first Lenten devotional podcast. Special thanks to Ellen, Yasmin, and Becky for recording this! You can find links to the audio in the block below. Please share these broadly with friends and family members who might get something from this endeavor as well.
This Sunday, we’ll continue worshiping on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Zoom Link: UPA Sunday Morning Worship (for login please contact Chris at Chris@newtonchurch.org)
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude in C” Nivers
Meditation: “Lord, I want to be a Christian” African Am. spiritual
Postlude: “Ein’ Feste Berg” Luther
Solo: “Wade in the Water” African Am. spiritual Suzanne Parker – soprano
Students Pre-k to 12th.
Come join us for some fun and games Sunday at 10am. Let’s see who is the best at Pictionary. Use link below. Zoom link is available at 10am on Sunday.
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
Calling all photographers:
We see all the pictures you add to Facebook. We scour the internet for a glimpse of your faces. We would love to share some during the beginning of worship during the slide show.
If you have some pictures you would like to share with our congregation please send them to Becky Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Devotional “Podcast” – Confession and Confessing
During Lent we are trying a new format for our devotional. Each week we’ll put out a short audio recording with words to reflect on, a psalm for that week, and prayer. You can listen to this while you’re taking a walk, doing the dishes, working out, or driving to work.
The focus of this “podcast” will be confession. We’ll be looking at confession in the way you might expected it – in seeking forgiveness for those ways that we have failed to do what is right, but also exploring confession in the sense of naming that which we know to be true. We’ll share some personal stories lifting up something that we know to be good, or true, or god breathed. Things that might be hidden or not readily apparent. These could include an observation about something in nature, a reflection on receiving the vaccine, a story about joy brought by someone’s kids, or the tale of receiving something that has felt particularly grace filled.
Our first episode is out, you can find it here:
Apple Podcasts –
Google Podcasts –
Use either link to play the audio on your computer, or link on your phone. If you have an iPhone or iPad, the podcast app is already pre-installed and you can search for “United Parish of Auburndale” to find it.
If you’re interested in being part of recording this, in either reading or recording a story to share, please send an email to Chris (email@example.com).