Saturday, April 4, 2020

Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Join us for worship via ZOOM throughout Holy Week! All of our gatherings except the Friday morning one can be accessed by this Zoom link (zoom.us/j/4206093840) and the password 343864 (PASSWORD IS NEW!)

Sunday, April 5 10am: Palm Sunday worship (bring your own palms and bread/juice/wine for communion!)

Thursday, April 9 5:30pm: Maundy Thursday worship (this will take the place of Prayer and Share that week--you'll need a bowl of water and bread/juice/wine for communion)

Friday, April 10 10am: Journey with Jesus Interactive Prayer Stations (particularly geared towards kids)--use link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/135152522 for this service only, which we do together with our neighbors at Asbury-Arnold UMC (You'll need to gather a few things beforehand to fully appreciate the experience: a coat, piece of bread/cracker, cup, stick or toothpick, tissue, something a little pointy/sharp, a cross (cut one out of paper or make one if you don't have one), a lit candle or flashlight, a rock. A recorded video of experience will also be made available if you can’t get on live at 10 but would like to participate at another time.

Friday, April 10 7:30pm: Good Friday Sundown Prayer (a brief 30 min service of reflection)

Sunday, April 12 10am: Easter Sunday Worship! (no sunrise service; we'll celebrate Community Easter Sunrise whenever we can all be back together later in the spring/summer)

Hope to see your faces throughout this Holy Week!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Worship During COVID-19

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in our area and recommendations from public health officials, at this time the Broadneck Church Council has decided to suspend in-person church gatherings, including worship, through the end of April. Council will meet in late April to reassess the situation and make decision beyond that time.

This is difficult news, especially with Holy Week and Easter upon us. However, the people of God are the people of God no matter where or how they gather! So we hope you'll continue to gather with us virtually via ZOOM at the following times:

Sundays at 9:45am: Worship gathering (Worship itself begins at 10am--get on at 9:45 to greet one another and work out our technical glitches!) You can access the bulletin each week by clicking here.

Thursdays at 7:30pm: Prayer and Share (a 30-45 minute time of sharing how we're doing and our prayer requests, and spending time in guided prayer together)

HOLY WEEK
Sunday, April 5 10am: Palm Sunday worship
Thursday, April 9 5:30pm: Maundy Thursday worship (this will take the place of Prayer and Share that week)
Friday, April 10 10am: Journey with Jesus Interactive Prayer Stations (particularly geared towards kids)--use link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/135152522  for this service only
Friday, April 10 7:30pm: Good Friday Sundown Prayer and Reflection
Sunday, April 12 10am: Easter Sunday Worship! (no sunrise service; we'll celebrate Community Easter Sunrise whenever we can all be back together later in the spring/summer)

All of our gatherings can be accessed by this Zoom link (zoom.us/j/4206093840) and the password 343864; see our previous blog post about how to set up Zoom on your device and prepare for worship each week.

The bulletin each week can be accessed by clicking this link

Worship will be different, but if the last two weeks are any indication, it will be meaningful and vital even in this strange time. We will share, we will sing all at slightly different times from each other, we will be challenged, and we will live out the words of Hebrews 10:23-25: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for the One who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together...but encouraging one another all the more."

Friday, March 13, 2020

Joining us for worship during COVID-19


We will not be worshiping together physically in the BBC building as we seek to do our part to protect our neighbors and one another by helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t be worshiping together! We are excited about using Zoom to create an online worship space this Sunday morning for our 10AM worship. Here's how you can participate:


1) On your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, download the Zoom app (https://zoom.us), install the software and set up a free account. It's very easy!

2) We recommend each household gather on a single device--if you have a person on a laptop in one room and a smartphone in another, there tends to be too much feedback and strain on the system.

3) Before worship, you may wish to download and print the bulletin so you can follow, read and sing along in the appropriate places. The bulletin will be linked on Friday of each week from here.

4) If possible, find a candle to light in your own home at the beginning of worship--we always do this when together, and if each of us light a Christ Candle in our own space, it will be a visible way to remember Jesus' presence with us and to connect us further in our separate locations.

5) On Sunday morning please log in around 9:45 using the information below. Logging in early will give us all a chance to greet each other, work out kinks, and be ready to enter into a more worshipful space when 10 rolls around. Just click https://zoom.us/j/4206093840. The meeting ID is 420 609 3840. If you don't have or wish to get the Zoom app, then from landline or phone, you can dial in 1 301 715 8592.

You may also wish to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 for "Zoom Share-and-Prayer"--This will be about 30-45 minutes where we can gather virtually, share how we're doing and what prayer concerns we have, and engage in guided prayer together.  The link to join via Zoom is the same as for worship--https://zoom.us/j/4206093840.

There will be glitches in our online life together, and NOTHING is a substitute for in-person contact and worship. However, as we do our part to help slow the spread of this virus that is life-threatening to so many of our neighbors, including folks among our church family, this could be an opportunity for us to learn to connect in new ways and maybe even have some fun while doing it!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Reflection and resources on Affordable Housing

This Epiphany, we are spending six Sundays looking at the six areas of focus of ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) in light of our faith and scripture. Each week I will be lifting up resources to help you reflect and learn more about these areas where we as Christians are called to care for our neighbors in practical, loving ways.

For this week, here are some resources to help you reflect on our Christian response to Safe and Affordable Housing:

First, some graphics showing if people in our county/area working in different professions could afford to either rent or put a 3% or 10% down payment on an average apartment/home based on their annual income (courtesy of NHC.org):



To learn more, pursue some of these ways to educate yourself:

 Finally, take time to listen again (or for the first time, if you were not in worship Sunday) to Rich Mullins' powerful song about Jesus' life with insecure housing, You Did Not Have a Home, by following this link or watching the video below.










Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Resources to help form and inform our Christian response to Immigrants and Refugees

This Epiphany, we are spending six Sundays looking at the six areas of focus of ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) in light of our faith and scripture. How are these the work of Christmas as described by Howard Thurman in the poem at right?

Each week I will be lifting up resources to help you reflect and learn more about these areas where we as Christians are called to care for our neighbors in practical, loving ways.


Resources to help you reflect on our Christian response to immigration:
·      Inhospitable, a podcast telling the story of the journey of one man, Gilles Bikindou, in the context of immigration in the United States. Inhospitable is a production of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in NC, Gilles’ faith community and a fellow Alliance of Baptists congregation. Visit www.inhospitableusa.org.
·      The Bible as the Ultimate Immigration Handbook by Joan Raduskin of Church World Service: https://www.greatplainsumc.org/files/ministries/mj_bible_immigration_handbook.pdf
·      Strangers in the Land, a six week e-book devotional on immigration, the church, and the Bible produced by Sojourners: https://sojo.net/node/216822
·      Read migrant stories at https://time.com/longform/migrants/
·      Learn about local organizations committed to helping immigrants in our area:

Friday, April 5, 2019

Stations of the Cross: Bearing, Helping, Weeping

Our next stations occur during Jesus’ walk from Pilate to Golgotha. I invite you to pay attention to some of the people Jesus encounters along the way, pictured in the modern art pieces below.

Luke 23:26-31
As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”



Simon of Cyrene modern icon by Gracie Morbitzer



Simon helps Jesus bear the cross, by Suzanne Ley

A modern Eastern Orthodox icon of Simon of Cyrene


Try as I might, I couldn’t find the names of the artists of these two paintings of the weeping women Jesus met and spoke to along the road:




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Stations of the Cross Judgment and Crowning

Station 5: Judgment (Mark 15:1-5)


At daybreak, the chief priests—with the elders, legal experts, and the whole Sanhedrin—formed a plan. They bound Jesus, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” The chief priests were accusing him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? What about all these accusations?” But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate marveled.

God of the accused
 and the accusing,
 who made the mouths, the ears and the hearts
 of all in conflict.
 May we turn ourselves towards that 
 which must be heard, 
because there we will hear your voice.
 Amen.
Padraig O Tuama. Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community . Canterbury Press Norwich.   

A modern take: "Jesus before Pilate" by Jukara


Station 6: Crowning (John 19:1-3)


Then Pilate had Jesus taken and whipped. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe. 3 Over and over they went up to him and said, “Greetings, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

On Sunday we looked at images and meanings of many different crowns through history. Below are some of the images and summaries...how do these shed light on Jesus' crown of thorns?

The oldest and most noteworthy Roman crown was the corona civica. This crown commemorated someone saving the life of a fellow citizen. The rescued individual would personally fashion the crown for their savior out of oak leaves, and the crown wearer earned special rights and privileges. Any citizen could receive this crown; but other crowns could only be earned by leaders. 

 Believing themselves to be gods, many emperors wore the Corona Radiata as a symbol of their own divinity.

The crowns of Silla were made for rulers in the Korean kingdom of Silla around the 5th–7th centuries. The use of many tiny gold mirrors dangling from the crown has led some to hypothesize that the crown, worn in sunlight, would be a dazzling spectacle reinforcing the tradition role of the king as the symbolic representation of the sun on earth.

The Great Crown of Victory reserved for Thai kings is 26 inches high and weighs 16 lb. A king only wears this crown once, during his coronation, where he places the crown on his own head—no one else crowns him.

For centuries, the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire was used in the coronation of the King of the Romans, the title assumed by the Emperor-elect immediately after his election. Made right around the year 1000, it is decorated with 144 precious stones and four enamel plaques containing pictures and inscriptions from the Bible. One shows Christ enthroned between two cherubim beneath an inscription from Proverbs reading "By me kings reign”; another shows King David holding a scroll with words from the Psalms: "The renowned king delights in doing justice". 

The Oba’s crown, worn by leaders of tribes of the Yoruba peoples in Western Africa as a sign of the leader’s authority. It fits over the leader’s face so that the individual is no longer seen; one only sees the crown. It has intricate beading, representing the Oba’s divine appointment and immense power to manipulate people and nature alike.

How does the only crown Jesus ever wore compare to these crowns in look? In meaning? What deep symbolism do you see in Jesus' crowning?