Category Archives: Liturgy

“Journey to the Cross” – Sunday School Project

The project “Journey to the Cross” was organized by Lou Hyson our Sunday School Superintendent in 2015.  For many weeks, the Sunday School Students created each of the stations on three-fold displays. On Palm Sunday after Church, all of us went to the John Boggs Hall to see the Stations of the Cross along two walls of the room. The Sunday School Students at each of the stations taught the adults what Jesus went through. Each station consisted of a reflection, a passage from the Bible, and an action or actions to take. It was a very moving experience involving all senses, along with your mind, heart, soul and spirit.


 

Station 1: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Luke 22:39-46
Jesus Prays on the Mount of OlivesGive Concern to JesusWe reflected on the suffering Jesus was about to experience, sensing His anguish and struggle.
Jesus says to God, “Your will be done.” He chose to go to the cross.
Is there an area of your life where you need to make a choice to love and sacrifice – even if it comes with a cost?

Write your fear or the area of your life keeping you from God’s love.
Take a red stone to remind you of Jesus’ struggle, love and sacrifice for you.


Station 2: Jesus Arrested, Betrayed By Judas
Luke 22:47-48
Jesus Betrayed By JudasReflect that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
How would you feel if one of your closest friends?
How much is your honesty worth? Would you betray a friend for money or gain?
The action was to pick up a bucket of coins, count them as you put them back.
Pray that you will never compromise your values for money or gain.
Take a chololate coin, when you taste its sweetness think about the bitterness of betrayla by a friend.


Station 3: Peter Disowns Jesus
Luke 22:54-62
Peter says I DO NOT KNOW HIMReflect on being a Christian and acknowledging Jesus in word and in your actions. This will help others who do not know him.
The most difficult action for some of us to do was to write this about Jesus:
“I do not know him!”


 

Station 4: Jesus Is Condemned To Death
Luke 23:13-25
Washing HandsReflection
The action was to wash your hands.


 

Station 5: The Guards Mock Jesus
Luke 22:63-65,
Crowned with Thorns
John 19:2-3

Guards Mock Jesus

Action was to write with a red marker and a piece of paper. This symbolized the blood Jesus shed.


 

Station 6: Jesus Takes Up The Cross
Mark 15:20, John 19:16-17

Our Crosses Jesus carried all our crosses

Contemplate the wood of the life size cross and image how heavy that is. Jesus carried that for YOU and for ME!

On the cross shaped paper, write a word of sorrow, a word of gratitude and a word of hope. Tape it to Jesus’ cross.


 

 

Station 7: Jesus Falls
Matthew 27:31-33, Mark 15:20-22, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16-18

Jesus Falls

Between the emotional draining of prayer at Gethsemane, then being beaten, and carrying a heavy cross.  Jesus fell. How could Jesus enter our lives without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life on all on earth.

The action was to move Jesus along a path. Video to follow.


 

Station 8: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Luke 23:26

Simon the Cyrene

The Cross is a reminder that there are many times we must depend on others with humility.  We must depend on Jesus.


 

Station 9: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Luke 23:27-31

Jesus meets the Women

The women cried for Jesus, but Jesus gasped,
“Don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves.”

Jesus was not looking for sympathy. He was looking for surrender.


 

Station 10: Jesus Is Crucified
Luke 23:33

Jesus Crucified

Nails

The action was to take a hammer and drive in one nail. The nail here was way smaller than the nails driven into Jesus.


 

Station 11: Jesus Promises His Kingdom To the Good Thief
Luke 23:39-43

Good Thief

Three men were being crucified.
One was sarcastically calling for salvation.
One defended Jesus as an innocent victim.
To that, Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Action: Pray.


 

Station 12: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother and His Disciple
John 19:25-27

Mother and Disciple

Jesus wanted his mother Mary to be taken care of.

 


 

Station 13: The Death of Jesus
Luke 23:44-46

Death of Jesus

Reflection light a candle, because that pierces the darkness.


 

Station 14: The Burial of Jesus
Luke 23:50-54

Jesus laid in tomb

Jesus laid in the tomb at that time seemed so final…


The whole picture.

But on the third day, JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE IS ALIVE!!!

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church Historic Site

The text below is the amended text of the Recommendation of Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church to be designated as a Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Historic Site. This was presented by Rev. Bill Wilson, Chair, Commission on Archives and History at the 2015 Annual Conference in the Wildwood Convention Center on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church Historic Site
(no financial impact)
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church is one of the oldest organized Methodist Episcopal Church congregations in New Jersey at two hundred and thirty years and was part of the original Salem circuit in southern New Jersey.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church started out as the Methodist Society at Morris’ River around 1778 during the American Revolution. Benjamin Abbott, southern New Jersey’s influential “War Time Evangelist” attended the quarterly meeting.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church was visited by Bishop Frances Asbury on September 17, 1785 at quarterly meeting. He would return on October 6, 1786 to an attentive crowd.  He returned for a last time on April 17, 1809 to preach and confer with Dr. Benjamin Fisler about building an academy on the church grounds.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church’s cemetery contains the remains of Richard Swain and his family. Swain served under Abbott and was appointed to several circuits in the New Jersey area until 1803. His leadership helped make Methodism successful in the southern New Jersey area.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church erected the first building exclusively used by Methodists, completed in 1786. The present edifice dates from 1827.
THEREFORE, As one of the most successful southern New Jersey churches whose tremendous impact upon South Jersey Methodism since 1785 deserves to be recognized by this body as a Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Historic Site.
RATIONALE: Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church has a special place in southern New Jersey’s Methodist history. The fact that Francis Asbury visited three times and set in motion plans for an educational academy built later on the grounds gives proof to its expanding ministry and importance to Methodist work in the area. Port Elizabeth’s spiritual heritage through the years includes a famous 1869 revival and strong temperance stand in 1884.
Submitted and Presented by Rev. Bill Wilson, Chair
Commission on Archives and History
(856) 939-1007
pastorbill@chewsumc.com

Revised by Theodore F. Prohowich, Jr., Church Historian
Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church

What Christians Get Wrong About Lent

On Ash Wednesday, a look at what Lent is really about.

This is an excerpt of an article written by Zachary K. Perkins for Relevant Magazine on March 5, 2014.

Freelance writer, blogger, full-time husband and father of three. Zach is also co-founder of Theologues.com, a website for Christians to grow in learning about their faith. You can find him on Twitter or his blog.


When I was a little kid, I remember asking my parents what “Lent” meant. I had seen the word placed on a sign outside of a local Catholic church just above the words “Fish Fry.” The reply I received was that it was “a Catholic thing.” I didn’t know much about Catholics back then, so I mostly shrugged it off.

As I grew older, I saw more people talking about Lent. Even those who weren’t Catholic. Our own evangelical church even began to talk about fasting during Lent.

What draws Christians from different backgrounds into Lent? As Lent starts today, it’s time to evaluate the deeper meaning of Lent. I personally think we embrace Lent because we intuitively realize these rhythms of spiritual life are part of giving our lives in worship—they have been in the Church for ages.

Many of us think of Lent as a period where we give something up for God in order to honor His sacrifice on the Cross for us, which we commemorate on Easter. While this is partially true, it’s not exactly how the early Church saw Lent. It’s more about anticipating the full impact of Easter for the time we’re in now and when Christ returns.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/what-christians-get-wrong-about-lent#Lc5bSwYytCixbLbh.99 for the remainder of the article.

Resource: Chuck Knows Church

Do you have any questions about what goes on at a United Methodist Church?
Chuck Knows Church http://www.chuckknowschurch.com/ is a website that provides fun and informative weekly online videos about the objects, symbols and terms used in church. You can also see his videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChuckKnowsChurch.  Chuck closes his videos with “Be sure to ask your Pastor. Tell him/her Chuck sent you.”