Lent 2018

We start Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 with dinner at 5:45pm and
worship at 7pm with the imposition of ashes.

On Sundays in Lent, we worship at 5pm, not 10:30am. After the service, all are welcome to soup supper and Bible study. Below is a description of this year’s Bible study:

Bible as Weapon? Exploring the “Clobber” Texts

As interactive exploration of notorious biblical texts at the heart of popular American sociopolitical and inter-church disagreements regarding the standing of women, LGBTQ, the stranger, the natural environment, and slavery, according to the Bible, we’ll explore relevant texts in their original historical contexts, and explore our own habits of interpret-ation, asking ourselves how the Bible could and should be used to inform the Christian life. Instructors: Dr. Rachel Rasmussen with Pastor Amy. Please spread the word and invite your friends.

Session 1, Feb 18:  To proof-text or study the text? that is the question! Today we’ll study texts used to justify the enslavement of Black Africans, Christians owning slaves, and the segregation of peoples (anti-immigration) Genesis 9:18-26; Paul’s Letter to Philemon, Genesis 11:1-9, and Acts 17

Session 2, Feb 25: Texts used to support neglect of the environment. Genesis 1:26-31, Revelation 21:1-4, and texts relating to the Left Behind Series and Rapture theology

Session 3, Mar 4: Texts used to bar women from ordination and leadership in the church. Genesis 2-3, Mark 3:13-19, 1 Corinthians 14:33-34, 1 Timothy 2:11-12

Session 4, Mar 11: Texts used in the abortion debate and regarding procreative sex. Exodus 20:13ff, Exodus 21:22-25, Numbers 5:11-12, Psalm 139:13-18

March 18 — spring break — no worship or Bible study

Session 5, Mar 25: Texts used to claim homosexuality as sin. Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26, and more!

We do not have Wednesday evening Chat and Chow in Lent, but we do have Thursday Theology. Understanding that theology isn’t just something we do with our brains, we’ve got a great line up of discussions and activities:

Thurs, Feb 22, 7-9pm, we’ll head over to do a service project with Books to Prisoners.

Thurs, March 1, 7-8pm at St. Andrew’s, we’ll have a night of YOGA led by former St. Andrew’s pastor Rachel Bass. It’s free and while this is not “Christian Yoga” per se, she does a fusion of yoga with Christian spirituality.

Thurs, March 8, 7-8pm (a week after UIUC’s “Unofficial”) at St. Andrew’s, we’ll hear from our beloved Ray McDermott, who brings life experience on addiction. Ray will help us recognize signs of it in people we love and offer ideas on how to respond.

Thurs, March 15, 7-8pm, Thursday Theology at St. Andrew’s will be student led! Don’t miss it!

Sunday, March 18 is spring break and therefore NO worship or Bible study at St. Andrew’s
Thurs, March 22 is spring break and therefore NO Thursday Theology

Sunday, March 25, 5pm worship followed by soup supper and Bible study, like other Sundays in Lent. It’s technically still spring break, but since classes start the next morning, we will host evening worship Sunday.

Maundy Thursday service, March 29, 7pm, with foot washing

Good Friday service, March 30, 7pm

On Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 we’re back at 10:30am worship on Sundays, Chat and Chow Wednesdays, and all the rest!