March 1: The story of the Holy Family and the Mystery of Easter
Our time together began with the story of the the Holy Family. We once again entered into the story of the Mother Mary, the Father Joseph, and Jesus who we met both as a baby and a risen savior. In both forms, Jesus was, as he has been since, “reaching out to give the whole world a hug.” Later we heard the story of The Mystery of Easter. We now hear this story on the Sunday before Lent begins, to remind us a change is coming, and we are about to enter another mystery. This time of waiting is like Advent but it is even longer, because it helps us get ready for is an even bigger mystery – Easter! The ‘story’ is a puzzle of 6 pieces in the shape of a cross to represent the 6 weeks of Lent. It is purple on one side, the color of waiting, royalty, and seriousness. On the other side, the puzzle is white, the color of pure celebration! That is the paradox of the season – it is both serious and somber but promises pure celebration in the resurrection.
March 8: The Story of St. Patrick
The Story of the life of St. Patrick tells of someone who traveled for God. People think they know all about St. Patrick, but there is much more to his life than most “St. Paddy’s Day” party supplies tell us. Patrick was born in or near the year 390, and he most certainly was not born Irish. Most likely he was of mixed Welsh and Roman heritage and grew up in the Western part of England (or possibly Scotland). Patrick traveled from one part of the British Isles to another several times, not always by his own choosing. Patrick loved learning and taught about God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus wherever he went.
March 15: The Faces of Easter 1&2
In the weeks before Easter, we will hear the stories of Jesus journey from birth to the cross and resurrection. Our first two stories are: Jesus birth and growth, and Jesus is lost and found.
March 22: The Faces of Easter 3&4
In the weeks before Easter, we will hear the stories of Jesus journey from birth to the cross and resurrection. Stories 3 and 4: Jesus’ Baptism and Blessing by God, and Jesus’ desert and discovery experience.
Mar 29 The Faces of Easter 5&6
In the weeks before Easter, we will hear the stories of Jesus journey from birth to the cross and resurrection. Stories 5 and 6: Jesus as healer and parable maker, and Jesus offers the bread and wine.