Lenten Lecture Series
Make plans to join us Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19, as Boston Avenue UMC’s Barton-Clinton-Gordey committee presents our 2024 Lenten Lecture Series! Visit https://bit.ly/LentenLecture to get your tickets for event meals held on Saturday and Sunday evening, and to RSVP for childcare. The last day to get your tickets will be Sunday, February 11.
This year’s guest lecturer is Rev. Dr. William Lawrence, with the series “Awash in Grace: The Promises and Powers of Baptism.” As the United Methodist Church faces the results of the departure of local churches and disaffiliation, doubts about the future abound. For that reason, there is no better time than the present to reconnect with the message of grace that drives Methodist belief and practices. This series of lectures, including a Sunday morning sermon, focuses on baptism, one of our two sacraments and one of the most basic acts of Christian faith.
Saturday Evening, February 17 at 5:00 p.m.: “Baptism Without Barriers”. Join us for food and fellowship as we consider what makes people in the church so angry with one another, and visit the question, “are we a body that includes or excludes?”
Sunday Morning, February 18 at 11:00 a.m.: (Unity worship service in the Sanctuary; no other services): “Baptism and the Wonders of Water”. What is the word of the Lord for us in the story concerning a man named Noah, a boat called an ark, and a flood that reshaped the world? Does it concern the end of the world or a beginning? Is it a story of judgment or hope?
Sunday Evening, February 18 at 5:00 p.m.: “Baptism and the Grace of Holiness”. Scripture says we are people of “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism”, yet evidence shows that we are very divided. Are we just a collection of groups within the walls of individual congregations or are we a force for holiness in a complex world?
Monday Evening, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.: “Baptism and the Triumph of Christ”. We will ponder the problems of being the church in a world that is now in the midst of bitter conflicts. Does baptism as a sacrament of faith relate to the problems at borders of nations?
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