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We will be receiving new members again in April. If you are interested in becoming a regular or associate member of our congregation, please contact Pastor Willis.
Our 2014 Lenten Journey
This Year A of the Lectionary presents the great baptismal Gospel stories:
6 April Lent V 11h00 Jesus raises Lazarus to life
13 April Palm Sunday + The Sunday of the Passion 11h00 we will hear the Passion According to St Matthew
17 April Maundy Thursday 19h30 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper and commands them to love one another
18 April Good Friday 19h30 We hear the Passion According to St John
19 April Easter Vigil 20h30 The liturgy of the Church Year with the blessing of a new fire to light the Paschal Candle as we proclaim in song the announcement of Christ’s resurrection; the service of readings with great stories from the Hebrew Scriptures in which God uses water to effect salvation; the service of baptisms and affirmation of baptism; the first Eucharist of Easter. The German congregation will join us for this worship service, which is followed by a
community feast of celebration.
20 April Easter Day 11h00 The Resurrection of our Lord
Emergency: Drought in Namibia and Angola
Lent 2014 Sharing Concern Project
Angola and Namibia are facing the effects of their severest drought in over a quarter of a century. Even though the rains have started in parts of Angola, the situation is still critical in some regions after nearly three years of drought.
Some 330,000 people in Namibia are food insecure, 14 percent of the country’s population.
Over 600,000 people in the Angolan border provinces of Cunene and Huila do not have enough food or water due to two consecutive years of failed rains.
Malnutrition is widespread, leading to disease and death. Children are the most vulnerable.
The next harvest in March 2014 looks uncertain, bringing ongoing food insecurity and hunger. People’s resilience has been drastically reduced.
This LWF humanitarian response project will be supported by our congregation’s sharing concern grants during this Season of Lent when we reflect on the absence and presence of living water in our lives.
Waters from 100 Rivers The Gospel readings in Lent this year journey from the dry wasteland of Ash Wednesday to the desert wilderness of Jesus’ temptation to the woman at the well and a blind man washed to restored sight and up to the Easter Eve renewal of baptismal vows. If you are traveling this Lent, bring back a small bottle of water from a river. We’ll have the Rhone and the Arve, of course. But maybe also the Nile and the Jordan, the Ganges and Euphrates, the Mississippi and Fraser? During our Easter Vigil, water from 100 rivers will splash into our baptismal font.
Ecumenical Lenten Study Groups are taking place throughout the Geneva area to discuss Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. Several groups are offered on various dates, times and locations. The six-part study is exploring the spiritual disciplines of meditation, simplicity, worship, prayer, solitude and celebration. Check the bulletin board at the side door to locate a study group near you.
Coming Soon to a church near you! Mark your calendars:
4 May Easter III A joint worship service with the Swedish Congregation
25 May Easter VI Our 2014 Annual Assembly follows our worship
29 May Ascension Day Join our choir in singing on the mountain top at
“The Art Church” The church of Notre-Dame de Toute Grâce du
Plateau d’Assy (Our Lady Full of Grace of the Plateau d’Assy) is a French Roman Catholic church, constructed between 1937 and 1946 on the plateau d’Assy facing Mont Blanc. It features remarkable 20th century French and European art works.
If you are interested in coming along, please indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet available this morning. If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to charter a bus for the day. All are welcome, whether you’ll be singing or not!
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