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- This First Sunday of Eastertide, Rev. Maribel Celiz will preach the sermon based on John 20: 19-31, Peace Be With You. Throughout the Easter season, we hear that God is with us, defeating death. Through Jesus, God brings peace and life. There is power in the gathered fellowship of believers. We discover such power when we live in unity with Jesus in our very midst, bonding us together and lighting our journey of faith.
- The music this Sunday celebrates the joy of these 50 days of Eastertide. The Quadrilateral Quartet will share Easter Gloria by Mark Hayes. “In the stillness of the night, Love was born . . On a lonely, barren hill, Love was slain . . On a bright and glorious morn, Love arose!” The stains of victory resound throughout this anthem. The prelude and postlude are based on the hymn tune VRUECHTEN, This Joyful Eastertide. Hymns for the morning are Bind Us Together #2226 and We Are Called #2172.
Devotions This Week and Next
Sharing our Journeys: The Sharing Our Journeys class meets every Sunday morning at 10:00 am via zoom.
Holly Johnson, Director of A/V Technology and Digital Ministries, will be our guest speaker on Sunday, April 11. We will get a chance to learn more about Holly and how she got interested in this high-tech work. Holly will also demonstrate how she puts pieces of the service together to make such a seamless and marvelous online church service.
If you have not been attending and would like to do so, please email Rich Oliver or contact Rich by phone, at 573.999.0759.
The Table: First Church Young Adults will begin a new spiritual book study, “The Quest for Holiness”, this Sunday, April 11th. The Table will gather in-person on Sundays at 4 PM for fellowship and book study discussion! Contact Megan for more information.
- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity): MOSES is a non-partisan interfaith organization that works to promote social justice with a focus on ending mass incarceration.
- Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development: Nehemiah cultivates character, leadership, and economic development for the African-American community through culturally grounded programs.
- Boys & Girls Club of Dane County: It is their goal to lead the way in youth development programs by working together with local businesses, foundations, and community programs to produce positive outcomes for nearly 7,750 young people and their families.
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