Holy Week & Easter services

Holy Week and Easter are arguably the most important days in the Christian year. In the span of a week we travel with Jesus from triumphal entry into Jerusalem through to defeat on the cross on Good Friday and then to resurrection on Easter morning. But this season is so much more than commemorating historic events – Holy Week and Easter bring together the full scope of our lives with the bold assertion that love triumphs over hate, life over death.

You are so welcome to join us for any of the following church services as we commemorate and celebrate this time of year:

PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, April 14 at 10:30am: Join in the nostalgia as all ages wave palm branches in the parade!

GOOD FRIDAY

Friday, April 19 at 10:30am: A quiet service to reflect on the places of brokenness in our lives. Join us for a time of singing, reflection, and nailing your prayers of lament to the cross. All ages welcome.

EASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, April 21 at 5:50am: A 30-minute Sunrise Easter morning service at Kits Beach (meet at the far north end of Maple Street – look for the signpost at the corner of Maple Street & Ogden Avenue). Bring a folding chair if you like. A light breakfast will follow at the Centre for Peace starting at 7:00am – bring fruit to share if you’re able!

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Sunday, April 21 at 9am or 11am: Easter morning services featuring an Easter Choir and Orchestra – We’re offering the same service twice to accommodate the crowds. Coffee will be served from 10am to 11am, and parking in the Centre for Peace lot will be reserved for the elderly and those with mobility issues. Bring cut flowers if you’re able – we’ll be covering the cross with them!

The church is located at the corner of Burrard St. and 15th Ave. in Vancouver, BC. All are truly welcome.

Register now for CAMP UNPLUGGED (Our 2019 congregational retreat)

We’re planning our congregational retreat at Camp Fircom on the weekend of May 24-26, 2019, and everyone is invited!

This is a weekend where all ages from our community can connect, relax, eat, partake (or not!) in recreational and spiritual activities, and just generally be together in a lodge-style camp on Gambier Island. Be restored in community away from the distractions of our busy city lives.

When: Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019

Where: Camp Fircom – Gambier Island

Who: Anyone in our community. All ages are welcomed

Check out our FAQs and lodging details, and then register online NOW! (No payment is required at this time.)

Note that you’re welcome to come to our office to use one of our computers to complete your registration. Just give us a call: 604-731-3101.

“Beloved Child: The Initiation of Jesus” as told by the kids of the Burrard St Story Guild

Join us at church on Sunday, May 5 as our children and youth of the Burrard St Story Guild lead the service and offer us a theatrical telling of the baptism and temptations of Christ.

Service starts at 10:30am. All are truly welcome.

Our church is at the corner of Burrard Street and W 15th Avenue.

ABOUT THE BURRARD ST STORY GUILD: The Burrard St Story Guild had its inaugural launch at CMUC in the spring of 2018 with its storytelling of the prophet Jonah. Story Guild uses theatre arts to invite children (ages 4+) and teens into the stories of the Hebrew and Christian traditions. Participants are given lots of options as regards the extent of their involvement on the stage (depending on confidence and skill levels), yet regardless of experience or training (none required) all the participants work together to build a storytelling event that touches the hearts of young and old alike.

Message from Rev. Beth: Sermon series for Lent

One of the most arduous spiritual tasks is that of giving up control and allowing the Spirit of God to lead our lives.

 Let’s turn the Lenten practice of giving things up on its head this month. How about, instead of giving up the simple pleasures of life we take a journey inward and examine the things within, our ways of being in the world, that no longer serve and that hold us back from becoming our true selves? Let’s make this a season of introspection and self-emptying. How can we ever make room for new life to enter if we’re filled up with our ready answers and threadbare truisms?
 
Lent begins with a pancake feast after service on March 3; be sure to bring fruit to share! Then on Ash Wednesday (March 6) you can drop by the Centre for Peace any time between 7am and 7pm for your own personal imposition of the ashes. You can even drive into the parking lot and “honk for service.” A reflective service will be held in the Great Hall at 6:30pm that day. We then get into our Lenten sermon series on “Giving it Up” – see image below for details.
 
Be sure to check out the event calendar here on our website or the weekly announcement bulletins for all that is happening in our community this month, including a fundraiser hosted by the youth.

And remember to take time to consider – What do I need to give up for Lent?

See you soon,
Rev. Beth

Message from Rev. Beth: Sermon Series for February

Happy new year!

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says: “I used to think that the greatest command in the Bible was ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ I was wrong. Only in one place does the Bible ask us to love our neighbor. In more than thirty places it commands us to love the stranger…It isn’t hard to love our neighbors…What’s tough is to love the stranger, the person who isn’t like us.”1

Join us in the month of February as we dive deep into the idea of hospitality. Who are the strangers we don’t even notice or prefer not to love? What does it take to live into a deeper understanding of hospitality, rooted in Jesus’ love for the least and the lowest? Are we even called to welcome strangers with drastically different political views? How about strangers who profess hate and enact violence?

See the specifics of the sermon series, Hospitality: Loving the Stranger (right) and check out our Events calendar to learn about other ways to engage in reflection and practice of hospitality throughout the next month. Take particular note of our community potluck, A Midwinter Night’s Dinner (Feb 2), and our Valentine’s Gala Dinner & Dance (Feb 17), both in support of our ministry at First United, In From the Cold, as well as a film screening (Feb 3) and Fireside Chat (Feb 17) hosted by our Reconciliation Seekers.

See you soon,
Rev. Beth

1Letty M. Russell, Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference, eds J. Shannon Clarkson and Kate M. Ott, (Louisville Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009) 101.