The season of Lent began with an Ash Wednesday Worship service where contemplation and spiritual practices were the focus.
Fittingly, our Spiritual Nurture during Lent is “Animate: Practices” featuring leading voices from the Christian faith in a video, followed by engaging discussion. The topics and Christian thought leaders are: Prayer- Brian McLaren, Food- Sara Miles, Worship- Mike Slaughter, Sacraments- Phyllis Tickle, Money- Shane Claiborne, Service- Enuma Okoro, and Community- Doug Pagitt. We gather each Wednesday night at 6:30 in Lee Chapel. Check our website or facebook page for each week’s topic.
In Saturday morning worship (10:00 am) we begin each service with a Lenten candle devotion, as we snuff out one more light each week as we get closer to the crucifixion. We are focusing the worship messages on Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 5-7 from Brian McLaren’s book, “We Make the Road by Walking”. We will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper each week during this season as well.
Because we meet for worship on Saturdays, we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus on Saturday, April 11th, with a joy-filled service!
As a faith community we are finishing up our 9 week discernment study, having met after worship since early January for prayer and bible study. New leaders along with founding leaders of Isaiah’s Table have joined together to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we grow together and move forward in ministry. We are looking forward to the new initiatives that the Holy Spirit is putting on our hearts as this harsh winter breaks and new life springs forth.
We celebrate opportunities for our neighbors to access health services through new food pantry programs. Crouse Hospital is coming on March 3rd to do free health screenings for blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. The Food Bank of CNY is offering a series of 4 classes focusing on nutrition for those with diabetes or at risk for this disease. A representative from St. Joseph Hospital’s new community outreach program will be available the last two Thursdays each month to share about their program for those on Medicare or Medicaid.
We praise God for the community of Isaiah’s Table and all the blessings God provides through it. God is so very, very GOOD!
Peace and love this holy season – Nancy, Coordinator at Isaiah’s Table