Dear Walker Chapel,
Hope you are making plans for this evening! Plan to gather around the table together with some favorite foods and a lighted candle. You are invited to follow the guide modeled after a Moravian Love Feast. Download and print the guide here.
If you live alone, consider being creative during this time of social distancing. Suggestions include: Zooming with a friend or family members or calling a friend to share by phone. If you can, take a photo of your Love Feast, tell us about it and then send it on to Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Facebook Live tomorrow, Good Friday to remember and reflect on Jesus’ sacrificial death for us. Our post will premiere at Noon where visitors can hear our own Vlad’s arrangement of “Were you There?” and a reading from John’s Gospel.
NEW! On-line Bible Study and Conversation!
Please let us know if you are interested in joining a new one-hour, weekly conversation group based on short daily readings from the week’s lectionary. We will use Disciplines, a book of Daily Devotions for 2020. If you like, we can order a book for you! The group will meet via Walker Chapel’s new ZOOM account and Derek is happy to help you learn to ZOOM! If there is enough interest, we will have both a morning and evening group! Remember, with an on-line group, folks from all over can join so invite your friends and family! If you are interested please just reply with a note saying so!
We give thanks to God for the birth of Everett Paul Albert, born on March 31, 6 lbs, 13 oz. to Amy Leinkram and her husband Aron Albert in Colorado Springs, CO. Everett Paul is the great-grandson of Walt and the late Mary Ann Lundy.
Music Ministry Notes -- from Dawn's desk
Yesterday was the first day of Passover. All over the world people gathered for a seder dinner that was very different this year. Through the miracle of technology, many included family and friends at the table, but it felt different. This week we observe Holy Week and we will remember the events of the last week of Jesus’ life in different ways as well. The story and celebration are timeless. As you remember, as you listen to scripture, as you observe, as you celebrate - open your heart to resonate with the stories in new ways as God reveals the Word for us today.
Take a moment on tonight to celebrate a Love Feast. Gather under your roof, (add Zoom friends, optional), pray, sing songs, read scripture, break bread, and love each other. The format is simple and flexible. The connections are many - the seder, the Last supper, family memories of meals together. There is a simple format available for download - Be sure to share a pic.
As we continue to gear up to the challenge of virtual worship, this Sunday we are adding some music. Our own Vlad Gabay has offered arrangements of the Easter Hymn, The Day of Resurrection, and for Good Friday - Were You There? Paired with images, I offer these as the first step in continuing efforts to include more music and more lay leadership in worship. In addition, the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church is producing a virtual choir video of the easter hymn - Christ the Lord is Risen Today so that we can all sing the hymn in worship. Several of our folks submitted videos to be included in the virtual choir (a la Eric Whitacre). Look for Lynne and Herb and Meg and others from our congregation included in this choir of thousands. Be sure to tune in at 10:30 on Easter Sunday so that you don’t miss a moment of Easter Worship at Walker Chapel.
Gearing up to resume choir rehearsals! We will begin choir rehearsals next Thursday night through ZOOM. If you have interest in joining us - please send me your email to email@example.com. Music ministry folks, I will be sending music and details this week.
In addition to tonight's Lovefeast, tomorrow's observance of Good Friday, we will be together-at-home again on Sunday to celebrate Easter. Sunday's Cool will kick off the day at 10am ET for a brief lesson for kids and then at 10:30am ET we will all be together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! To tune in, go to facebook.com/WalkerChapel.org/live
I hope you are enjoying our photos of blooming spring flowers. Today's photo is a bleeding heart from a church member's yard I encountered during one of my check-ins on foot. The bleeding heart is a great symbol of the deep emotions many of us are feeling right now as well as a symbol of God's unconditional love for each us. I would encourage each of you to take moments for personal reflection and I would love to see photos from your yard or neighborhood as you do.
Until next time,