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Bulletin announcements:  25th February 2018

 

Can You Help Serve a Sunday Evening Meal During Lent?

We are looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve a meal each Sunday evening during Lent as part of the Walking Together program. If you can help, please mark the signup sheet this morning, or contact Valerie Marinoni.

 

Lent Study – Making Sense of the Cross

Sunday mornings from 9h45 to 10h45

In worship this Lent, we will be paying particular attention to that central Christian symbol: the cross. It’s a symbol so common and so basic to Christianity that we may not think very much about it; and if we do think about it, we may find ourselves disturbed by theologies about the cross that point to a violent and legalistic God.

 

As a complement to what we’re doing in worship, there will be a Sunday morning class during Lent focused on the cross and the questions we bring to it. We will read Making Sense of the Cross, an accessible book by David Lose, and we’ll look at some of the difficult and important questions raised by the cross and some of the ways Christians have made sense of this symbol over time. All are welcome to join. We are now sold out of copies of the book; if you haven’t yet signed up for one and would like a copy, please contact the office.

 

Forum on Potential Second Worship Service, 11 March

We have a lively, vital congregation. For years we have been rather stable both in terms of involvement and financial support. For this we are grateful. However, couldn’t more people benefit from a community such as ours?

 

One possible way to do this would be to start a second service on Sunday evening. A sermon can be delivered twice without much more work. The worship service might have to be adapted a little but would not need to be totally recreated. We could potentially reach people not inclined for Sunday morning, but who might find Sunday evening practical.

 

After worship on Sunday 11 March, for about 40 minutes, we will explore together what it might mean to grow using a second service as a strategy. What opportunities and what fears might this raise? What possibilities could it open? Please plan to join us for discussion. We will be exploring ideas, not making decisions, but we need input from the community for anything to work.

 

Children Singing and Assisting in Worship, 10 and 11 March

We will prepare a song and other worship involvement for children ages 6–11. Practice (in English), with a mid-morning snack, will be on Saturday 10 March from 10h00 to noon in preparation to sing and assist in worship on Sunday 11 March. If your children might be interested, please talk with Terry MacArthur.

 

World Day of Prayer 2018 and Related Bible Study

The World Day of Prayer celebration will take place on Friday 2 March at 12h30 in the chapel at the Ecumenical Centre, 150 route de Ferney, Grand Saconnex). Liturgy on the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good” has been prepared by the WDP committee in Suriname. For more information, contact: Christine 022 738 12 91, or Yvette 022 758 22 43.

 

Taizé Music Practice

Between Easter and Pentecost, our church will be hosting a season of Taizé services. A small team will be practicing the music ahead of time, and anyone who is interested in learning the singing parts (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) is welcome to join. The practice evenings will be at Monica McKinlay’s home on Friday 9 March, and Wednesday 21 March from 18h30 to 20h00. If you are interested in joining, please contact Monica at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Marriage Course Offered at the Baptist Church

Beginning in March, the Evangelical Baptist Church of Geneva is offering The Marriage Course, a widely used marriage-enrichment program started in the U.K. Couples commit to attending seven weekly sessions, which include dinner, a video presentation, and prompts for conversation as a couple on topics like communication, intimacy, and forgiveness. The course is open to any interested couples and costs Chf 100. The program begins in early March. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Breathing Space Lenten Quiet Day, Saturday 10 March

There will be a Lenten quiet day held at the Le Cénacle, a retreat center in Geneva. The day will be an opportunity to pause, rest and be alone with God in silence and prayer. For more information and to register, contact Monica McKinlay at www.listeningpresence.org.

 

Housing Needed for Three Months Starting 10 March

An Ethiopian lawyer needs a room in Geneva from 10 March for three months. He is going to do an internship at the World Council of Churches in order to finalize the Master in International Law at Fribourg University. For more information please contact Heli Bathija at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Valerie’s Marmalade on Sale Today

Jars of Valerie’s delicious marmalade will be on sale today following the service. Proceeds will go to the church.

 


 

Calendar for the coming week:  26th February

(Church open for prayer & meditation Tues-Thurs 10h00-13h00, and Friday 13h00-16h00)

 

Monday 26th February 2018

Confirmation Class at the church - 17h00

Prayer Group at the church - 18h30

 

Tuesday 27th February 2018

Centering prayer at the church - 18h00

 

Thursday 1st March 2018

Choir practice at the church - 20h00

 

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Serving at the Jardin de Montbriilant soup kitchen - 9h45

 

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Third Sunday in Lent

Lent Bible study - "Making Sense of the Cross" at the church - 09h45

Worship - 11h00

Rev. Andy Willis preaching and presiding

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25; John 2: 13-22

Walking together meal & gathering - 18h30

 

 

Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2018' - view PDF file

 
Reflections

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Selected prayers of intercession from our worship.

 

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Prayer for the Week

 

 

Gracious God, holding before us the plate with the bread of life, offered without money or price, yet priceless, satisfying, rich:
open our mouths to receive your goodness, so that whatever hungers devil us,
we taste your love and turn to your Beloved,
Jesus Christ. Amen