Love Feast

 

Please make it a point to participate in Love Feast this Thursday, April 1, at 7 PM as we remember the Last Supper.  We will gather by Zoom (or by phone) to share in Fellowship and Worship.

Of course, this won’t be the traditional Love Feast.  We won’t share a meal together, and we cannot wash one another’s feet.  It strikes me that Jesus had to put together the Last Supper that we commemorate on the fly as well.  He wasn’t at home, surrounded by the comforts of his local synagogue.  He was basically displaced with his group of disciples.  He was making due with a borrowed donkey and a loaned upper room.

In the spirit of “community while displaced,” please join in this meaningful (but different) service.  Please have your communion elements with you as we gather.  If you don’t have “traditional elements,” feel free to use your own crackers or cookies and some water or juice. 

Please contact the office for Zoom information – we don’t publish that online

Pilgrimage to the Cross

 

 

On Good Friday, we observe and commemorate Jesus’ death. This year, with the constraints of COVID, we are offering a self-directed time of reflection and meditation in the church parking lot – available between sunrise and sunset on Friday, April 2.

 

On this journey to the cross, we will follow Jesus through his walk, as recorded in the Gospels, and we will see how we can love each one as Jesus in our world today. Each station will include an organization with resources or ways you can give your time or money, as you are so moved.

 

You are encouraged to spend time at each station, praying the prayer provided, considering Christ’s suffering, contemplating how God is speaking to you today. All are welcome!

Holy Week Worship Services

 

 

Even though we are not together in person, it is good to “gather” in worship from wherever we are, and reflect on this most holy journey to the empty tomb.

Love Feast – Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM  (YouTube)
Go to www.VirtualLoveFeast.com, and click on the “YouTube” button. The first voices you hear will be familiar to you – Pastor Angela, Lucas, and Eric open the evening with a reading from the Gospel of John. You’ll hear them again later in the service, along with many other voices you may recognize: Tim and Audrey Hollenburg-Duffy; Mandy North; Matt Rittle; Richard Wehrle; Bill Scheurer from On Earth Peace; Steve Schweitzer, Dan Ulrich, and Denise Kettering-Lane, all from Bethany Seminary; and many more.

This time of worship features familiar Scripture, hymns, and invitations to confession and communion.

We would like to invite you to partake in communion in your home. Please have your bread or cracker and cup of liquid ready.

At the 38 minute mark, you’ll hear the Scripture for Communion and a Prayer by Pastor Matt Rittle.

Please pause the service on your computer to share these words of communion – knowing we are all sharing together.

This bread, which we bless, is the
communion of the body of Christ.
[eat with grateful hearts]

This cup, which we bless, is the
communion of the blood of Christ.
[drink with grateful hearts]

Please press play to continue the service as we worship together.

Good Friday Service – Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM (YouTube)

This brief service is being offered by members of our congregation.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQciNsGk2y-ELiRTIXJe1Hw

and select “Good Friday”.  Feel free to light your own candle, and then extinguish it as Suzie plays the haunting spiritual “Were you there?”

Feel free to share these links with your friends.  We will see you Sunday morning at 11 AM on the church Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Nokesvillecob/ – for a joyous Easter celebration.

 

Invitation to Virtual Love Feast

 

 

This Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 PM, we will be gathering around our computers to share in Virtual Love Feast.  The other Northern Virginia churches will be gathering at the same time, so our fellowship is deep and wide.

Go to www.VirtualLoveFeast.com, and click on the “YouTube” button.  The first voices you hear will be familiar to you – Pastor Angela, Lucas, and Eric open the evening with a reading from the Gospel of John.  You’ll hear them again later in the service, along with many other voices you may recognize:  Tim and Audrey Hollenburg-Duffy; Mandy North; Matt Rittle; Richard Wehrle; Bill Scheurer from On Earth Peace; Steve Schweitzer, Dan Ulrich, and Denise Kettering-Lane, all from Bethany Seminary; and many more.

This time of worship features familiar Scripture, hymns, and invitations to confession and communion.

We would like to invite you to partake in communion in your home.  If you are local-ish, please contact Pastor Angela if you’d like to participate by Tuesday evening.  On Wednesday, she will bring you a “communion packet” and set it outside your door – with a wave and a smile!

Prior to the start of the service, you’ll need to fill your cup with the liquid of your choice, but the cups and bread will be provided, along with instructions.

If you are not local, and would still like to participate, please prepare a drink and cracker of some sort.

At the 38 minute mark, you’ll hear the Scripture for Communion and a Prayer.
Please pause the service on your computer to share these words of communion – knowing we are all sharing together.

This bread, which we bless, is the
communion of the body of Christ.
[eat with grateful hearts]

This cup, which we bless, is the
communion of the blood of Christ.
[drink with grateful hearts]
 

Please press play to continue the service as we worship together.

Holy Week Worship Services

The most meaningful time of year for Christians is Holy Week.  It begins Sunday, April 14 during 11:00 am worship, with the children leading the palms processional as we recognize Palm Sunday – Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm, we reenact the Last Supper in this most Brethren of services – the Love Feast.  We share in fellowship with a simple meal.  We share in service by washing one another’s feet.  We share in love and remembrance with communion.  All (those who are not members or even Brethren) are welcome to participate or observe, as you are comfortable.

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, we will host the Community Good Friday Service, where we contemplate the crucifixion of Christ.  This meditative service features a time of silence, Scripture reflections and the combined choirs from NCOB and the Nokesville United Methodist Church singing a response to each reading to reinforce the mood.

The week culminates with the celebration of the Resurrection – the Easter Sunday service at 11:00 am.  In order to truly appreciate the joy of this service, it is important to make it a priority to experience the events of the week that leads up to it.  Commit to walking in the footsteps of Jesus on his journey to the cross, and to celebrating his victory over death.