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Psalm 86:11 Teach me Your way, Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to hear your name.
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Preparing for Easter -
Email, texts and IM’s notwithstanding, letter writing remains a universal form of communication that continues to stand the test of time. Penning a letter is an ancient art, with the first documented missive sent in 500 BC by a Persian Queen named Atossa. Also referred to as Epistles, the Christian Bible enshrines letters as scripture, with the church basing much of its theology on the letters of Saint Paul.
Other letters, among many, worth remembering include:
*Abigail Adams letters to her husband John, second US President
*Albert Einstein’s letter to FDR, warning him that Germany had begun building the atomic bomb
*Martin Luther King’s letter from a Birmingham jail written on the edges of old newspaper
What you’ll read in a letter, whether from antiquity or from today, hasn’t changed all that much over the years. Greetings, gratitude, apologies, requests for assistance, declarations of love, descriptions of the everyday, especially the weather, appear most frequently.
For a Lenten practice this year, try writing a letter addressed to one of the individuals found in the lectionary readings during Holy Week. What questions might you ask, what word of hope, or experience might you share, with one of the named or unnamed people who appear during Jesus’ last week on earth?
With heartfelt thanks to Linda Petrucelli (Hokuloa author-in-residence) for sharing this meditation.
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
Hokuloa UCC welcomes the Rev. Jonathan C. Roach, Associate Conference Minister to our pulpit this Sunday. His sermon on Isaiah 40:21-31 is entitled On Vultures' Wings.
Revised Common Lectionary readings for this Sunday, March 26, 2023
Ezekiel 37:1–14 The power of the Spirit
Psalm 130 God’s steadfast love
Romans 8:6–11 Life in the Spirit
John 11:1–45 Power beyond death
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Quilts by Lois Toevs featuring the purple liturgical color of the season will adorn the sanctuary during Lent.
Mahalo, Lois for the beautiful handmade quilt.
Lenten Book Study
The Irrational Season by Madeline L’Engl is the book for our Lenten Study this year. This journal follows the liturgical seasons of the church year, reflecting on each season and spiritual rhythms reflected in the life of the church and the author's own life.
We will read a chapter a week. We will begin with Advent and end with Good Friday. In preparation for each session, select a couple thought provoking quotes from the chapter that you read. Share your quote with the group and your thoughts about why you found the quote thought provoking.
March 15: Rachel Weeping
March 22: To A Long-loved Love
March 29 The Lion and Lamb
April 5 The Noes of God
Join us on Wednesdays at 10 AM (HST) for discussion on Zoom. It may be possible to have a hybrid in-person and on-line event if there is a group that wants to meet at the church
An excellent Daily Devotional is available as a email from the United Church of Christ. Check out this link: https://www.ucc.org/daily-devotional
Our mission efforts demonstrate our commitment To Be Like Jesus on the Big Island
You are warmly encouraged to join our ongoing Prayer Support Group (PSG), our active partnership in prayer. We are a communication link between those with the need for prayer support and those with the compassion to pray for others. Those who participate in prayer support receive an email at least weekly with the prayer requests. Email Marjorie Mrasek to be added to the PSG.