Entering the Passion of Jesus / Different during the Stay-at-home

Note: Hardy Church is closed indefinitely, as a response to the coronavirus situation. But we are still worshiping online! If you can, go to FaceBook on Sunday mornings at 10am for Hardy Church Online (a sermon, prayers, and now a bit of recorded music by our music director, Carolyn Siivola). After the Sunday worship time is done, we put a recording of it on this website. In addition, there will be a brief devotional on FaceBook Live: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am. 

God bless you all and stay healthy!!!
+++ Pastor John Schneider

   The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place   during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive  enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important in our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. We often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without taking in the experience of the middle days of that week. During Lent, we will “freeze frame” the Holy Week moments, so that we might better prepare for the drama of those days and put ourself in the picture
of that Holy Week so long ago .

This series is inspired by Amy-Jill Levine’s book Entering the Passion of Jesus.

March 1    — The Parade: Risking Reputation (Palm  Sunday)
March 8    — The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
                           (Driving the Money-Changes from the Temple)
March 15 — The Teaching: Risking Challenge (Testing Jesus)
March 22 — The First Dinner: Risking Rejection 
March 29 –The Last Supper: Risking loss of friends
April 5       — The Garden: Risking Temptation (The night before the  crucifixion)


When we are finally able to return to face-to-face gatherings, WE WILL celebrate the Holy Week activities (in May? June? July?)  But while you are practicing social distancing, consider reading the story of Holy Week at home, in one or more of the gospels.