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March 2018 Tidings

posted May 29, 2018, 1:20 PM by Kate Fields
Dear brave and beautiful Underwood,

Greetings to you as we journey through this Lenten season together! Lent is a time of resisting that which takes our focus away from God so that we may see God, see ourselves, and see our neighbor. In our Sunday worship, we have considered what “if any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” from Mark 8 means. We have considered the denial, not of our truest and best selves, but of those things which keep us away from God, from our best selves, and from our neighbors. Perhaps, we’ve said, the taking up of one’s cross (which was an instrument of death for political insurrectionists) means that we must die to the things that keep us separated— die to anything that denies the humanity in the other— racism, sexism, agism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ecological devastation, and so on, and also die to things which create our personal darknesses like greed, selfishness, shame, perfectionism, blaming, and so on. Continue to join us for the remainder of the Lenten season.

This is a good trajectory to guide us into the solemness of Holy Week, which is one of the most important weeks in the life of our community. We will have two services during Holy Week as we prepare our bodies, hearts, and minds for the most central part of the Gospel, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The services will be in conjunction with other local congregations as we seek to nurture our ecumenical partnerships in one of the most powerful ways: worshiping the Lord together.

On Holy week we’ll gather:

On Palm Sunday, we’ll gather at 10am with palms, psalms, and songs with the Praise Team as we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
On Thursday, we’ll gather at Metropolitan Community Church (1239 W Mineral St.) for a Foot-washing Service at 7PM. Foot-washing is a very Baptist tradition and we will revive it at Underwood this Holy Week; it was first modeled for us by Christ prior to the Last Supper. Foot-washing is an act of humility, a gift, and an act of service; it models well how we seek to love and serve each other in humility here at Underwood. This will be a worship service that will include prayers, singing, and a time where those who would like gather in a line and wash someone's feet (or hands if you'd prefer) and have your feet washed as well.
On Friday, we’ll continue our Good Friday multi-year partnership with Wauwatosa Presbyterian, and gather from 12-1pm, at Wauwatosa Cemetery for a Stations of the Cross experience. This will be a somber cemetery walk commemorating the death by crucifixion of Christ.

Please make plans to come to these services as we observe this sacred week together.

Pax Christi,