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Schedule of Lenten Services 2017

Schedule of Lenten Services 2017

All Services Begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY - March 01.... St Patrick's Episcopal Church - Rev. Persis Williams 

TUESDAY - March 7...Dedham Congregational Church 

TUESDAY - March 14 ...Brewer Methodist Church  

TUESDAY - March 21... North Brewer/Eddington United Methodist  

TUESDAY - March 28... Lighthouse Church of God - Pastor John Ouellette 

TUESDAY - April 04... East Orrington Congregational Church 

 

Holy Week Schedule for EOCC

 

Sat. April 08 - Easter Pageant, 6:00 PM

Sun. April 09 - Palm Sunday Service, 10 AM

Thurs. April 13 - Maundy Thurs. Service, 7:30 PM

Fri. April 14 - Good Friday Prayer Vigil, 6 AM to 3 PM

Sun. April 16 - Sunrise Service, 7 AM followed by breakfast at 7:30 to 8:30 AM at EOCC

 

Sun. April 16 - Easter Worship Service, 9 AM

Schedule of Lenten Services 2017

All Services Begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY - March 01.... St Patrick's Episcopal Church - Rev. Persis Williams 

TUESDAY - March 7...Dedham Congregational Church 

TUESDAY - March 14 ...Brewer Methodist Church  

TUESDAY - March 21... North Brewer/Eddington United Methodist  

TUESDAY - March 28... Lighthouse Church of God - Pastor John Ouellette 

TUESDAY - April 04... East Orrington Congregational Church 

 

Holy Week Schedule for EOCC

 

Sat. April 08 - Easter Pageant, 6:00 PM

Sun. April 09 - Palm Sunday Service, 10 AM

Thurs. April 13 - Maundy Thurs. Service, 7:30 PM

Fri. April 14 - Good Friday Prayer Vigil, 6 AM to 3 PM

Sun. April 16 - Sunrise Service, 7 AM followed by breakfast at 7:30 to 8:30 AM at EOCC

 

Sun. April 16 - Easter Worship Service, 9 AM

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2017 Lenten Season Devotionals

 

Lenten Season Devotional
 

March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday
 
 
 
The church is open and all are welcome to drop in and receive the ashes of victory. Also at 6:30 tonight many will be joining with St Patrick's in Brewer for an Ash Wednesday service beginning at 6:30. I hope you can make it as we begin the season of Lent.
 
 
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
 
 
Henry Nouwen wrote, IF THERE IS NO PARENT, we cannot be lost. If we have no parent to return to, there is no experience of being lost. We are only lost when we can be found. Only in the light of goodness and forgiveness do we discover that we are lost.
 
 
The love of a parent makes the child aware of being lost. The older son in the Prodigal Son story doesn't consider himself lost until he is confronted with the love expressed by the father on his prodigal brother's return. Only then does he touch his own lostness. The younger son, still apologizing, touches his lostness too, when he sees his father's forgiveness. This younger son prepares a story of apology because he doesn't fully understand the nature of his father's love. Only when he is received, welcomed, and loved with this deep parental embrace is the depth of his lostness revealed to him.
 

To say it another way, "We only know that we're in darkness when we come into the light of God's love. it is only in the light, in the fulness of the sun, that we know there is a shadow."

 

 


 

Almighty God, gracious Lord, may my heart open to recognize our complete love for me, a thirst to love me. Inspire me oh Lord to love those that surround me, the ones you have put in my life. May I seek you and a closer walk with your Son this Lenten journey. Thank you Lord for the light that casts the shadow, my sinfulness, so I may see the difference and grow toward the light. In Jesus' name, Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2017

 

Good morning,


How is your journey of Lent going this year? Lent can be a very productive time for some people while others gain little from it. A parable found in the Gospel of Mark suggest some reasons for this.


      Mark 4:1-9:   Jesus describes how a man went out to plant a field. Some of His seed fell on the road where birds ate it. Other seed fell amidst stones, even if it started to sprout, it soon withered and died. Some fell in decent soil, but thorns crowded the good ones out. Other seed fell on fertile ground and produced a rewarding harvest.


     Often time we approach a journey, in this case Lent, with our appointment books already full and our minds cluttered. Unless we make a special effort, thoughts of enriching our inner life and nourishing our spirits meet the same fate as the seeds. Seed on the road or among the thorns loses out because of our business. Stony soil comes when we fail to heed our inner longing for richer life or do not give priority. How do we keep this from happening so Lent can make a difference?


    One essential way is the simple but problematic matter of time, creative thinking of time. Many people find that taking fifteen minutes for quiet reflection each day actually makes the remaining time much more productive. In gardening terms, put down the hoe for a few moments and enjoy the beauty. A second essential is "hopeful visioning". What results are we hoping for in our lives? What do we most want to reap from our life's labors?


     Jesus came that we might have abundant life. It has been said that "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Perhaps this year's Lenten season can be the beginning of a new style of life....purposeful life of productivity and beauty.

 

Lenten Season Devotional
 

March 1, 2017 - Ash Wednesday
 
 
 
The church is open and all are welcome to drop in and receive the ashes of victory. Also at 6:30 tonight many will be joining with St Patrick's in Brewer for an Ash Wednesday service beginning at 6:30. I hope you can make it as we begin the season of Lent.
 
 
 
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
 
 
Henry Nouwen wrote, IF THERE IS NO PARENT, we cannot be lost. If we have no parent to return to, there is no experience of being lost. We are only lost when we can be found. Only in the light of goodness and forgiveness do we discover that we are lost.
 
 
The love of a parent makes the child aware of being lost. The older son in the Prodigal Son story doesn't consider himself lost until he is confronted with the love expressed by the father on his prodigal brother's return. Only then does he touch his own lostness. The younger son, still apologizing, touches his lostness too, when he sees his father's forgiveness. This younger son prepares a story of apology because he doesn't fully understand the nature of his father's love. Only when he is received, welcomed, and loved with this deep parental embrace is the depth of his lostness revealed to him.
 

To say it another way, "We only know that we're in darkness when we come into the light of God's love. it is only in the light, in the fulness of the sun, that we know there is a shadow."

 

 


 

Almighty God, gracious Lord, may my heart open to recognize our complete love for me, a thirst to love me. Inspire me oh Lord to love those that surround me, the ones you have put in my life. May I seek you and a closer walk with your Son this Lenten journey. Thank you Lord for the light that casts the shadow, my sinfulness, so I may see the difference and grow toward the light. In Jesus' name, Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2017

 

Good morning,


How is your journey of Lent going this year? Lent can be a very productive time for some people while others gain little from it. A parable found in the Gospel of Mark suggest some reasons for this.


      Mark 4:1-9:   Jesus describes how a man went out to plant a field. Some of His seed fell on the road where birds ate it. Other seed fell amidst stones, even if it started to sprout, it soon withered and died. Some fell in decent soil, but thorns crowded the good ones out. Other seed fell on fertile ground and produced a rewarding harvest.


     Often time we approach a journey, in this case Lent, with our appointment books already full and our minds cluttered. Unless we make a special effort, thoughts of enriching our inner life and nourishing our spirits meet the same fate as the seeds. Seed on the road or among the thorns loses out because of our business. Stony soil comes when we fail to heed our inner longing for richer life or do not give priority. How do we keep this from happening so Lent can make a difference?


    One essential way is the simple but problematic matter of time, creative thinking of time. Many people find that taking fifteen minutes for quiet reflection each day actually makes the remaining time much more productive. In gardening terms, put down the hoe for a few moments and enjoy the beauty. A second essential is "hopeful visioning". What results are we hoping for in our lives? What do we most want to reap from our life's labors?


     Jesus came that we might have abundant life. It has been said that "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Perhaps this year's Lenten season can be the beginning of a new style of life....purposeful life of productivity and beauty.

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