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A Note From Pastor Robyne

Hello friends,

A Lenten Message from Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling
"Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing." -- Joel 2:12-13a

During the Super Bowl held on Sunday, Feb. 11, there were ads entitled “He Gets Us,” one of which portrayed scenes of foot-washing between individuals often at odds with one another. The commercial ended with the words, “Jesus didn’t teach hate. He washed feet.” The ad has aroused significant controversy for several reasons, but chief among them is whether the message is genuine or a facade. Can those who funded the ad be trusted with the message it promotes, or is there a conflicting agenda?

Individuals will need to do their own research and draw their own conclusions about the veracity of that controversial commercial. Whether or not the ad campaign is to be trusted is a matter of debate, whether or not Jesus of Nazareth can be trusted is not.

As we enter into this Lenten season to pray, listen, reflect and repent, the Jesus who journeys with us can be trusted with our hearts, minds, souls and bodies -- with our very lives. We need not come cautiously or with suspicion. Jesus does not come as the world comes; Jesus does not judge as the world judges; Jesus does not love as the world loves. As we walk this 40-day journey, we can completely surrender ourselves to Jesus and allow him to continue the beautiful work of transformation in our lives.

Too often, we enter this season in drudgery, void of all joy and hope. While it is a season that reminds us of our finite humanity and anticipates the death of our Lord and Savior, it is also a path to rebirth, renewal and resurrection. Christ bids us come, he creates in us a pure heart and renews a steadfast spirit. That bidding does not originate from a place of disgust, rejection or shame, but pure love. That bidding invites us into a deeper relationship with God and God’s creation. It calls us to love ourselves more earnestly and to love one another without condition. That bidding comes that we might be fully liberated from the destructive powers of this world. The healing and transformation we need is not to be healed from ourselves as God created us, but to be healed from the ways we have learned to oppress and destroy God’s creation, the ways we have learned to hate one another, the ways we have learned to hate ourselves.

This journey is really a journey of healing -- allowing ourselves to be healed. It’s healing us from anything that separates us from God; healing us from anything that prevents us from taking on the mind of Christ; healing us from our collective brokenness; healing us from the inside out. As this transformation occurs, we begin to see the world differently. We put aside fear, mistrust, arrogance and privilege, and begin to live as people who are sincerely willing to wash one another’s feet. We embody forgiveness and reconciliation. We embrace one another in agape love. We humbly stand as one at the foot of the cross. That is our Lenten journey. May it be so.

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling
Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula Delaware Conferences
The United Methodist Church

Pastor Robyne, - Our sermon series, "Entering the Passion of Jesus, Picturing Ourselves in the Story" begins on Sunday. The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout Lent we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus." .
Week 1 — The Parade: Risking Reputation - Matthew 21:7-9 (with references to Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12: 12-19).

With the upcoming snow storm, please keep a eye on Orchards Facebook page for any service announcements.

Order of Worship

Bulletin
Feb 18, 2024 10:00am

Opening Songs: UMH #733 Marching to Zion
UMH # 277 Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

Announcements

Call to Worship

Leader: The journey has been long and sometimes very difficult.
People: During Lent, we remember the miracles and mysteries.
Leader: Jesus rides into Jerusalem and into our hearts.
People: Blessed is the One who comes in the Lord’s name!
All: Hosanna in the highest! AMEN.

Opening Prayer

Lord, we confess that when we started this journey, of Lent, it seemed like a fun idea. Walk the road with Jesus, we thought. But there are times when our spirits are challenged. We have come to the time of entrance into the Holy City. We want everything to be wonderful; for you to conquer all those things that threaten us and our peace. Forgive us, Lord, when we place our fears and ignorance before your love. Release us from our panic and mistrust and help us to place our lives solely in your hands. In Jesus' name we pray. AMEN.

Children's Time

Hymn: UMH #698 God of the Ages

Prayer for Illumination:
Open our ears, O God, that we might listen for your voice calling to us through scripture. Open our minds, O God, that we might understand your promises to followers both old and young, ancient and modern. Open our hearts, O God, that we might enter into the love you offer us. Amen

Sermon Series: "Entering the Passion of Jesus, Picturing Ourselves in the Story"
Message: The Parade: Risking Reputation -
Scripture: Matthew 21:7-9
Given by, Pastor Robyne Mayer

Hymn: UMH #154 All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

Offering/Doxology
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

Prayer: The amazing gift of Jesus, who fully embodied God’s love, prompts us to make a grateful response. Christ’s love flowed like a fountain for those he met: not only people like him, but women, tax collectors, lepers, foreigners and strangers. As Christ followers, through our offerings today, we share this love as we support this congregation, and our outreach missions. Lord, may this offering be our non-verbal “Hosanna”, as we bless your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ, Amen.

Closing Hymn UMH#Victory in Jesus

Announcements

#GiveShoesGiveLove

As we step into the New Year, we're thrilled to share some exciting news! Starting January through March, we're teaming up with Soles4Souls to make a difference in the lives of children in need.Every check-in or review you make during this period will contribute to providing new shoes for those who need them the most. Let's come together as a community and spread love, warmth, and comfort to these incredible kids!Join us on this meaningful journey and let's make a positive impact one step at a time. #GiveShoesGiveLove

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United Methodist Study

Class Feb 21, 10am & 7pm Please read - United Methodist Beliefs: A Brief Introductionby William H. Willimon Chapter 2

Food Distribution

Saturday Feb 17th CANCELLED! Next Distribution March 2 9:30 -11:00 or until all supplies are exhausted.

Important Dates

Bunny Breakfast for Dinner March 23 (Free Community Event 4pm & 5pm seatings -Must register.Palm Sunday – March 24 worship 10amHoly Thursday – March 28 worship 7pmGood Friday – March 29 worship 7pmEaster Sunday – March 31. Sunrise Service 6:30am (Meet us by the firepit)Free Breakfast after.Easter Sunday March 31 regular worship 10am

Lenten Morning Devotional

Join  Pastor  Robyne  live on Orchard Facebook  pageBeginning Feb 14, 7:30am (Mon -Friday) through Lent.