The Way to the Cross, The Way of the Cross

Way of the Cross

This Sunday marks the beginning of a new sermon series for the season of Lent that explores the Way Jesus walked to the Cross and the how we as followers of Jesus are called to walk the Way of the Cross. Over the years, it has become easy for Christians to sentimentalize the Cross, to make it a symbol of transaction rather than the consequence of a life lived in dedication to the least of these and in resistance to the power of empire. When we follow Christ, we need to see the cross as more than simply what Christ has done for us individually and recognize it as a way that challenges us to resist empire and to seek the ones who have been harmed by the powers that be. Rev. Emily Bowen-Marler will explore some of the stories in the Gospels that illuminate the Way of the Cross walked by Jesus.

March 10 – Jesus in the Wilderness, “Simply Living So Others May Simply Live”
March 17 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep, “Abandoned and Welcomed”
March 24 – Zaccheus and Jesus, “Emptying of Prosperity”
March 31 – Abraham, Isaac, and Jesus, “What Kind of Sacrifice?”

Worship at 10 a.m.

We are still having worship this morning, but the roads are a bit icy in places, so please use caution when heading to church. Of course, if you don’t feel safe driving in this weather, you can join us online for the sermon during the 10 o’clock hour at

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Kids and Consent Class on Saturday, February 9

Kids and Consent Class on Saturday, February 9

It’s never too early to learn about consent! Though we often associate consent only with sexual assault, the truth is that it is an essential aspect of all relationships. People (even kids) have the right to set boundaries about their bodies, their possessions, and their actions, and we need to respect those boundaries. Me Too Springfield will be presenting this class in our fellowship hall on Saturday, February 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. In this class, parents (or grandparents, teachers, or anyone who loves kids) will learn how to teach their children about consent, body autonomy, communication, and self-worth. People of all ages (including children) are welcome!

New Sermon Series Begins This Sunday, January 20

abrahamJourney through the book of Genesis and learn about Abraham and his descendants as we take a look at some of these well known stories from a different perspective. The sermon series begins this Sunday and runs through February (with the exception of February 3 when our Youth Minister Reed Dressler will be preaching) and will invite you to wonder along with Emily as she explores the covenant God made with Abraham, the plight of Hagar, how Isaac felt when he realized the trip to the mountains of Moriah might be a one-way trip, whether Esau could forgive his brother Jacob for stealing his birthright, and the highly dysfunctional relationship between Joseph and his brothers.

  • January 20 God, Abraham and a Covenant (Genesis 15)
  • January 28 Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 16 and 21)
  • February 10 Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22)
  • February 17 Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25, 27, 32 and 33)
  • February 24 Joseph and his Brothers (Genesis 37)