Beloved Epworth Community,
Several weeks ago, I sat around a virtual table with our worship vision team discerning a theme for this Lenten season. The word “Unmoored” emanated organically out of the sense each of us had of becoming disconnected from docks and anchors, adrift and searching for new bearings. Two years into this pandemic, we find ourselves in deep and often still unfamiliar waters.
What does our faith have to say about this? What new groundings or freedoms are present on these seas?
Throughout these next 40-some days, we’ll journey together in many ways. Worship, through scripture and song, shows what Jesus did with rough waters and how our ancestors in faith handled unmooring. Small groups for learning, growing and knowing are forming now, and can be a new kind of anchor. And, I hope you’ll be a part of the special services of this season, beginning with Ash Wednesday, on March 2nd, and ending with two powerful observances on Good Friday—the social justice stations of the cross which has become a new tradition at Epworth, and the seven last words of Christ service which we’ll participate in with our sister church, Easter Hill UMC in Richmond. You can find the complete details and sign-up forms on our website at www.epworthberkeley.org/lent
All of this leads us to the new freedom in Christ’s resurrection on Easter; to be unmoored is also to be unbound. In the deep waters, we find not necessarily certainty, but faith.
May you observe a holy Lent. God says, "Come." There are gifts in our unmooring.
Worship In-Person & Online
Sundays at 10 AM in the Sanctuary and on Facebook, YouTube, and our website.
March 6, 2022 - “Unmoored”
March 13, 2022 - “Suffering: When God Feels Absent”
March 20, 2022 - “God Became Human”
March 27, 2022 - “Cast Off: Solidarity with Those Who Suffer”
April 3, 2022 - “Discipleship: Our Response to God’s Abundance and Call”
April 10, 2022 - Palm/Passion Sunday
Relive Jesus' final days through scripture, song and Holy Communion.
Holy Week & Easter Schedule
April 14, 2022 - Maundy Thursday Observance
Time & Location TBD
April 15, 2022 - Good Friday Social Justice Stations of the Cross Walk
A walk in our community, considering Jesus’ last days on earth and the brokenness still present.
Time: 10-11 AM
Location: Gather in front of Epworth UMC on Hopkins St.; Self-guided option available online.
April 15, 2022 - The Seven Last Words of Jesus
Pastor Kristin & other area preachers reflect on the seven last words from the cross.
Time: 12-3 PM
Location: Easter Hill UMC - 3911 Cutting Blvd, Richmond, CA 94804
April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday Sunrise Service
We gather at sunrise to celebrate the risen Lord!
Time: 6:15 AM
Location: Berkeley Marina
April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday Festival Worship Service
Musical Prelude: 9:30 AM
Worship: 10 AM
Followed by family Easter egg hunt