Brent Ness

Digital Worship for Maundy Thursday & Good Friday

Maundy Thursday Join us as we gather in remembrance of Jesus’ last supper with his friends. We will spend time in contemplation and share in holy communion. Bring something to write with and something to write on for times of reflection, and have your communion elements nearby. While we love challah and grape juice, any…

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Digital Worship for March 28, 2021

The Christ Connection Palm Sunday | Bulletin This Sunday, we mark the time when Jesus makes his final entrance into Jerusalem. We will wave palms, shout our hosannas, and give praise to the One who comes in the name of the Lord. We will join the crowd in a moment of divine deliverance that they…

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Digital Worship for March 21, 2021

Listening for Lent: The Christ Connection Fifth Sunday in Lent | Bulletin “Now my soul is troubled…”  John 12:27 A year ago this week, the world shut down.  And so did the church–except we didn’t, thanks to you.  We quickly pivoted to online worship, formed ‘Connect & Care’ groups, found new ways to give online, and…

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Digital Worship for March 14, 2021

Listening for Lent and Walking Among the Snakes Fourth Sunday in Lent | Bulletin “Listening for Lent and walking among the snakes.”  That’s the message our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. J. Terry Todd plans for us this week!  Everyone knows John 3:16, ‘God so loved the world…’, but back up a verse or two,…

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Digital Worship for March 7, 2021

Listening for Lent: Sacred Spaces Third Sunday in Lent | Bulletin </div></h3></div></h3> Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”   John 2:19 Seeing the corruption of the Jerusalem temple makes Jesus angry, as angry as he ever gets. In contrast, his response to his death sentence and crucifixion…

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Digital Worship for February 28, 2021

Second Sunday in Lent | Bulletin “Jesus called the crowd with the disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”  Mark 8:34 Welcome to Worship! The journey of Lent is a journey with Jesus to the cross. How do…

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Digital Worship for February 21, 2021

First Sunday in Lent | Bulletin “And the Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness…” Mark 1:12 Welcome to Lent! This is the first week of Lent. For the next 40 or so days we are invited to spend time with Jesus in the wilderness, walking that lonesome valley with him, remembering the 40 days…

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Listening for Lent: An Introduction to the Hymns

This year, our Lenten theme is Listening for Lent.  Over these many months of pandemic life, our community has clung to music to bring us joy, offer us solace, hold us together, and keep us rooted in our faith.  It seems right, then, that our Lenten observance this year would follow the soundtrack of this…

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Digital Worship for February 14, 2021

Transfiguration Sunday Transfiguration Sunday When the two of them had crossed the river, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what I may I do for you?”  – 2 Kings 2:9 This week, the New York Annual Conference is providing all the churches with a ‘respite worship service.’  They figure Pastor Lea and I, and the…

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Digital Worship for February 7, 2021

Recovering from Spiritual Amnesia Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany | Bulletin</h6> We are nearing the end of Epiphany and we are at the start of Black History Month. The intersection of those two seasons was on my mind and heart as we shaped the worship service for this coming Sunday. In scripture, song, and sermon,…

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