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“Open Our Eyes”

April 27                       

Earth Sunday

Nehemiah 2

Our natural response to disaster is to rebuild. In fact, that’s precisely what the book of Nehemiah is all about: rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem after its destruction. Rebuilding gives us a sense of safety. It gives us a sense of normalcy. After any major disaster it is political suicide for leaders to say anything but “we will rebuild!”And yet, in the midst of rebuilding, we often fail to ask the questions: what caused the disaster in the first place? How might rebuilding be a process of undoing systems that are failing our community? If we do rebuild, how can we make changes that ensure we are creating a just and equitable community? Join us as we celebrate Earth Sunday together and develop plans for building a more sustainable world.

 

May 1                         

Seeing Jesus … on the Road                Communion

Luke 24:13-25 

Following the resurrection, Jesus encounters two men on the road to Emmaus.   They are talking about recent events; yet, they don’t recognize Jesus in their midst until he stops and breaks bread with them.

Theme:  As we journey together, we need to keep our eyes open to Jesus’ presence

 

May 8

Seeing Jesus … Behind Closed Doors

John 20

After Jesus’ death, the disciples lock themselves in a room for fear that their lives might be in jeopardy.  In the midst of their secret hiding space, Jesus appears to them.  Thomas, not present at the initial meeting, doubts what the others have to say and it is not until Jesus appears to him personally that he believes.

Theme:  In the midst of our own spiritual journeys there are times of doubt.  How do we react to these circumstances?  Jesus responds to our moments of doubt with assurance.

 

May 15                       

Seeing Jesus …. On the Sea

John 21

After many appearances to individuals and groups, Jesus finds his disciples at the shore.  They have returned to their original careers (fishing) but things aren’t going well.  But Jesus changes things with a miraculous catch of fish

Theme:  Sometimes, in the midst of despair, it’s easy to get locked into old patterns when what we need is change.  How can we see Jesus as a force for change.

 

May 22                       

Seeing Jesus …. On the Shore

John 21

Following the miraculous catch of fish, Jesus meets encounters Peter and offers comfort following Peter’s denial and offers the rest of the disciples a vision for their lives.

Theme:  Like Peter, we have times of failure and in the midst of our frustration we can find forgiveness and an opportunity for new/fresh start.

 

May 29                       

Seeing Jesus … On the Mountain

John 21

The time comes for Jesus to leave his life on earth behind and to ascend back to heaven.  The disciples accompany him to the mountain top and witness his departure even as they are given directions for continuing Jesus’ work and ministry.

Theme:  Amazing things happen on mountains, but what happens when we have to leave our mountain top experiences and return to the real world?  How do we live out and continue Christ’s ministry in the midst of our daily routines?

 

June 5            

Pentecost Sunday                             

Confirmation

Acts 2: 1-21

COMING SOON! 
Understanding the Mystics 
An Online Class with 
Rev. John Mabry
For many people, the word mysticism conjures up occult, secretive rituals held after midnight in some dark cave. But true mysticism isn’t at all sinister or secretive, says author John Mabry, an Anglican-rite Congregational minister. In fact, mysticism is at the heart of an authentic Christian life. It is nothing more and nothing less than the pursuit-and enjoyment-of union with God, which is the goal of all Christian spirituality. Christian mysticism is the discipline of growing the soul into God—shedding illusory identities, deepening prayer, seeing God in all things, and acting as Christ in the world.

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About Our New Location 
916 Western Avenue
Albany NY 12203

Journey is located at 916 Western Avenue.  We worship in the Fellowship Hall of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.  There's plenty of parking in the rear of the building. Please use the rear entrance. There are accessible parking spots on Daytona Avenue; park and follow the sidewalk to enter via the patio.  

Children and Worship

During worship we have a special time for children.  Children of all ages are welcome to share in an interactive telling of a story.  We even give you ideas to follow up when you get home.  #WorshipTogether #PlayTogether #GrowTogether.

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