New Mercies and the Consolation of God
The opening words of Isaiah 40, “Comfort, Comfort my people,” are among the best known lines in the Bible, because they are used in Handel’s Messiah. These words mark a significant transition in the history of prophecy in the Hebrew tradition. Up to this point in the Old Testament, the oracles of the prophets preserved in scripture have prophesied “war, famine, and pestilence” to use Jeremiah’s language – oracles of judgment. Now, in the 40th chapter of the book of Isaiah, we find a prophet whose main theme is consolation.
Isaiah is writing to the people of Israel whose period of exile was drawing to a close. Not only had she served her term, she had “paid double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40.2) These were words written to people who were feeling desperate and desolate, people who were feeling unmoored from who they had been just a few generations before. They were words written to a people who were embarking on a journey that would result in them having a new identity and understanding of what it meant to be children of God.
Outdoor Easter Service
Sunday, April 4
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Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that we will be holding an in-person Easter worship service on April 4th outside in the parking lot of the church building. We’re so excited to welcome you back.
There are some guidelines that we must follow in order to best care for ourselves and one another. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone, including those who have received their recommended vaccine doses, continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions including covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Those individuals who are at high risk as defined by the CDC and are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to participate in the online service rather than attending the in-person gathering.
Attendees are expected to comply with the following measures:
• Attendees are asked to pre-register their attendance by contacting the church office (see the sign up link above)
• Attendees are asked to remain in the parking lot and maintain a minimum of six feet separation between persons not of the same household group.
• Wear a face mask that covers both their mouth and nose. Disposable masks will be available and offered should someone arrive to worship without one.
LENT EVENTS & WORSHIP
Easter Egg Hunt Home Delivery
Saturday, March 27
An Eggs-ellent Adventure
The Youth of MSPC have offered to provide the children of Maxwell Street with an Eggs-ellent Easter Egg Hunt.
This is a once in a life-time adventure and here is how it works:
Tell us if your child(ren) would like to participate. How many and their ages
The Youth will deliver/hide the eggs in your front yard and then tag your front door to let you know they have been delivered. This will take place on Saturday, March 27.
Palm Sunday Car Parade
Sunday, March 28
We’re going to parade by car around Lexington again this year! Meet in the parking lot of Maxwell Street at 11:00am.We will supply palms for you to grab before we venture out for a fun car parade.
Virtual Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 1
Maundy comes from the latin, ‘mandatum‘, or ‘command’ which refers to the instructions Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper. Please join us for this Youth-led reflective service, as we remember the commands that Jesus gave us during those last days. To serve, to care for, to feed, to love.
All are welcome and the Zoom link and password will be needed. This information will be in the upcoming Friday emails. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like that information.
Virtual Good Friday Service
Friday, April 2
2021 Good Friday Service
It has been the practice of the three downtown PC(USA) congregations to work collaboratively on providing services during Holy Week. This year, under First Presbyterian’s direction, we’re creating a Virtual Good Friday Stations of the Cross. PC(USA) congregations from around Lexington and beyond will share in the leadership of this service created by A Sanctified Art. This service honors the ancient story of Jesus’ death while recognizing the ways this narrative repeats itself again and again throughout the past and present. It provides multi-sensory ways to engage, confess, and lament. At this point, we expect you will be able to find this online service on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel. More information will be available as we draw closer to the date.
LENTEN VIRTUAL MISSION TRIP
Pack your bags for a virtual trip to Rwanda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe! Glimpse the kingdom of God with orphaned and vulnerable children around the world lifting themselves permanently out of poverty.
The Virtual Mission Trips are set up for a three-day period from 9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m. each day. Each day of the trip we will have the opportunity to hear from those in the program, both children and leaders.
ZOE will even do their best to feature our Favor Luuma Group so that we can meet some of the children we have been supporting with our donations! What a great opportunity!
As we get closer to the actual date of our “trip” ZOE will share a Zoom link with our group along with a trip journal and resources information. Anyone interested will be able to register with ZOE and instructions will be available. One more important detail…there is no cost for these trips…that’s right, it’s free!
What does this unique travel experience include?
Day 1 on March 2 at 9:30a.m.
Visit Rwanda with Epiphanie Mujawimana, founder of Zoe’s empowerment program and manager of Zoe Rwanda. Listen in wonder as Epiphanie describes Zoe’s genesis out of tragedy and how this movement of God began. You will be amazed by what orphaned children in Rwanda are capable of with just a little support.
Day 2 on March 3 at 9:30a.m.
Explore a Kenyan village with Reegan Kaberia, Zoe’s chief program officer and manager of Zoe Kenya. Hear directly from the incredible boys and girls in Zoe’s program. Be inspired by the triumph of the human spirit in God’s hands.
Day 3 on March 4 at 9:30a.m.
Travel to the exotic location of India and speak with Nani Chintala, manager for Zoe Vizag, India. See God at work in urban slums on a new continent. Also learn how your gifts and skills can be used by God to change the world for these young people.