During the season of Lent (from Ash Wednesday, February 10, through the day before Easter, Saturday March 16), Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC is offering a study of Rabbi Evan Moffic’s new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Jewishness of Jesus.
Moffic offers Christians a deeper understanding of how Jesus lived as a Jew in the first century B.C.E. Seen through Jewish traditions and multi-layered interpretations of Jewish scripture, Jesus’ life takes on rich meanings that most Christians never learn about. Yet we cannot really understand Jesus, his life, his message, and who he is to us as Christians, without understanding his Jewish context.
The book, published by Abingdon Press, is available through cokesbury.com, local bookstores, or other online bookstores, and can be purchase as an electronic download.
Discussion groups meet Sundays, February 14 – March 13, at both 9:00 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. If you’d like to join in a discussion group, call the office for more information or just come a little early to find the meeting spaces and meet the leaders. A reading schedule is available.
Joining in an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Churches to see at least one service every week for a full year, Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC is hosting a Prayer Service for Mother Emanuel AME, where nine members lost their lives last June to a white gunman.
The service will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC. We will honor the victims and the courage of their congregation with a ceremony of naming, candle-lighting and bell-ringing. We will pray for them, and pray also for the suspect, remembering the example of survivors who strove to offer forgiveness. We will also reflect upon the incident as it indicts us once again as a society mired in racism and violence. And we will be motivated to ACT, for prayer and action, faith and works, are not separate but belong together! Information will be shared about an upcoming interfaith summit on gun violence and a weekend workshop on dismantling racism’s internal structures.
We are honored to have the Rev. Richard Coleman, pastor of St. Mark’s AME in Duluth and Executive Director of Hope United Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, speak in the service. The Rev. David Tryggestad, recently retired pastor who served both Concordia Lutheran and First Lutheran (Minister of Music) in Duluth, will be guest organist / pianist. A love offering will be accepted, to be split between St. Mark AME and the “Living into the Difficult” anti-racism event March 11-12 at Peace UCC.
ALL are invited to “Take a Stand — On Your Knees” in this event. If your conscience dictates that you not join in worship and prayer that does not represent your religious or philosophical stance, simple come to be present in solidarity with compassion and justice.