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Holy Week Worship Services

Palm/Passion Sunday
March 25, 8:45 & 10:50 a.m.

A special Passion/Easter Cantata The Lamb offered at the 10:50 a.m. service. 

Holy Week Noon Worship
with Guest Preachers
March 26 - 30, 12:00 noon

Monday - Rev. John Varden
Tuesday - Kat Keller
Wednesday - Rev. Jessie Webb
Thursday - Rev. Stephen Cavness
Friday - Rev. Nancy Johnston Varden,
a special Stations of the Cross service

Maundy Thursday Service
March 29, 6:00 p.m.

A service of Holy Communion and worship remembers the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
All Day Prayer Experience

March 30
Come anytime between 9:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Stations of the Cross is a 14-step devotion that commemorates the day of Jesus’ Passion. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events on Good Friday, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

Easter Sunday Worship Celebrations
April 1, 8:45 & 10:50 a.m.

All are invited to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! 

Reflection from Pastor Nancy

“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
–Madeleine L’Engle
Last weekend Miriam and I went to see the movie A Wrinkle in Time. Our household has been excited about this coming movie adaptation of the beloved Newbery prize winning book by Madeleine L’Engle because we love the book!  Wrinkle has sold over 10 million copies and is the delightful tale of Meg Murry’s adventure through time to find her missing scientist father. Meg is accompanied on her journey by her child genius brother Charles Wallace, her school classmate Calvin O’Keefe (known as a popular kid by others but he considers himself a misfit like Meg), and three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which.  I wish I could recommend the movie as highly as I recommend the book but alas, as is the case with a lot of beloved books turned movies, it misses the mark for me. I enjoyed the movie but more because I know the story, the author, and her work.
L’Engle’s manuscript for Wrinkle was rejected 26 times before finally given a chance and published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. L’Engle once said of her imaginative book that she had faith in the story that she called her ultimate “psalm of praise to life, my stand for life against death.” Since it was first published, Wrinkle has been one of the most frequently banned books.  That surprises me! I find the story a delight and an inspiration, especially given the main character is a scientifically minded adolescent female that is learning to stand strong in her abilities (give me more characters like that, said the mother of three girls). 
The quote at the top of this reflection is one I have been pondering since the credits rolled at the theatre on Saturday afternoon. The current political, social, cultural way of debating seems to be to discredit those that oppose our viewpoint. Tweets, posts, op-eds all have a favor of aggression and hostility. But our Savior Christ shared and taught a different, counter message, a message of light, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and love. 
In two weeks it will be Easter. For us as Christians, it is the highest holy day of our year. It is the day of celebrating that Christ has overcome the darkness and that death has been defeated. As we prepare for this feast day of the church, are we letting our lives be ‘a psalm of praise to life?’   Do we let the world win and resort to aggression and hostility toward others in our language and opinion? Or are we, through prayer and leading of the Spirit, drawing people in by sharing grace, forgiveness, mercy, and love? I hope it is the Light of Christ that others see when they think of us at Fulton First UMC and that they want with all their hearts to know the source.




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