Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
April 07, 2020
Click Here to view last week's virtual worship experience.
Worship Services are being streamed live.

Our thanks to everyone who tunes into our live stream worship experience on Sundays. We love the interaction with our community and look forward to the time when we will be able to gather safely in our worship space. Until then, please continue to join us online. Share our service information with your friends and family members. We will see you virtually on Easter Sunday (Facebook Live) at our normal worship time 10:30AM CST.

If you need anything please reach out to us. You can email the BOD and/or Pastoral staff at agapemccchurch@gmail.com. The church email box is being monitored by our BOD and we will respond as quickly as possible.

We have suspended open worship gatherings until further notice; your health and safety are important to us as we navigate COVID-19 as a community. Please join us via Facebook Live for Sunday worship services beginning at 10:30AM. Just go to the Agape' Facebook page and click on the live feed when it pops up. Facebook Live is interactive so feel free to post comments while we worship online together.

We invite you to celebrate Communion with us during the service by using your own "unique elements" as a symbol of our common union even with our social distance. You can use tea with toast, bread with grapes , crackers with juice or even coffee with donuts....it is up to you.

Please remember to support our faith community financially as you are able either via Zelle or Simple Give. Our expenses will decrease but not completely go away. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness, your gifts are greatly appreciated.

As a final reminder, even though we will not gather physically together for awhile, we are deeply and spiritually connected to each other. Stay in contact with each other, continue to support each other as you always have and hold each other close in prayer.
Finding our Way Home

Please plan to join your Agape family online for the remainder of the season of Lent as we find our way home.  Lent begins by hitting the pause button on life so that we can reflect on where we are and if this place feels like home. Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author and teacher, says that “to know what we belong to and what belongs to us” is to be home. In a world where the common state is too often detachment, isolation, and loneliness…homelessness is pandemic. So, after the pause, Lent invites us to change course, change our minds (literally the first words out of Jesus’ mouth in our scripture), engage, and set out. Guru Ram Dass teaches that “we’re all just walking each other home”. So, let’s go, the more the merrier and the sweeter the journey.    
 
March 01-Lent 1 “Failure”
March 08 - Lent 2 “The Commitment”
March 15 - Lent 3 “The Fire”
March 22 - Lent 4 “Deep Sustenance
March 29 - Lent 5  - “Finding our Way Home
April 05 Palm Sunday - "FFT"
April 12 - Easter Sunday - "Love is Still the Answer"
Praying with your Cup for Holy Week

With COVID-19 health crisis, we will be safely tucked away in our homes for Holy Week this year. To enable us to remain connected this week, you are invited to remember that Jesus is holding us in his hand just like we hold our coffee cup (or juice glass) each morning. We will be hosting either a daily "Cup Moment" video or a Facebook Live event each morning around 10:00AM on the Agape' Facebook page. We wish you peace, love and good health as we begin our first virtual Holy Week journey together.

DAY 1
Palm Sunday: Cup of Praise
READ Matthew 21: 1-11

DAY 2
Monday: Cup of Forgiveness, A Confession .
READ Matthew 21: 12-17

DAY 3
Tuesday: The Cup of Change.
READ Matthew 21: 12-17

DAY 4
Wednesday: The Cup of Betrayal.
READ John 13:1-6, 21-30, Matthew 26: 14-15

DAY 5
Thursday: The Cup of Remembrance
READ John 13:31-35

DAY 6
Friday: The Cup of Suffering .
READ Matthew 26: 36-45

DAY 7
Saturday: The Empty Cup. Loss.

DAY 8- Easter
Sunday: Cup of Resurrection and New Life .
Read Matthew 28:1-10 and/or John 20

"Praying with our Cup" can be done on your own in the morning and continue you as you use a cup throughout the day. You can pick out a special cup for this devotional time or you could even use paper cups and decorate them with words or pictures for each day. Praying with your cup could be done on your own or with others.

You can do this around the table at breakfast as a family or with roommates over dinner. You could facetime with a friend across the country or down the street and share your cup practice and prayers together. Allow Jesus to refresh you as you drink from your cup each day.

The beautiful thing about technology today is that we are not alone!

Praying with your Cup for Holy Week
Inspired by the writings of Joyce Rupp
A message from the MCC TX-NM Network Group...

As Promised! Join us for a Network-wide Good Friday Service Scheduled for Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7:00PM CST.


To reserve your spot, please go to Facebook and search for the MCC TX-NM Network Group and join the group. Locate the event on the page and select going, Open the event and Reserve your spot. Check Messenger on Friday and locate the message containing information to join the Zoom hosted service.

You can view the event on the MCC TX-NM Network Facebook page.
A note from Rev. David...

Greetings Prayer Warriors! I've been in contact with Rev. Gina Purcell, who is a Chaplain at Texas Health Resources HEB Hospital and still calls Agape' MCC her home. They are inviting churches to pray for their staff and patients for one hour, one day a week. I signed Agape' up for Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please set an alarm in your phone to pray for them during that hour! May the healing presence of love and connection surround us all!  
We are hosting game night online this coming Wednesday, April 08, 2020 at 6:30PM.

You can view the event on the Agape' Facebook page .
Click here to join our Zoom Meet up on Wednesday.
Enter the meeting using ID: 822-357-550
You can join us using any smart phone device, tablet or computer with webcam and headwet/mic.

Point Your Camera in the Direction of Love

To add community connection to our Sunday Morning Easter Virtual Worship experience, you are invited to send us a picture or two or three of you experiencing or sharing love. We will create a video of your submitted photos and show them during the Easter Service. This will allow us to see each other and experience deeper connection to our Agape' community. We will include as many photos as we can while working to keep the video presentation around 6 minutes or less.

Please submit photos not later than Thursday, April 9th.

Please send your photos to: agapemccchurch@gmail.com

Here are a few examples of what sharing/experiencing love might look like...
All March 2020 Psychic Class Offerings with Jayme O'Donnell have been cancelled.

April 07   No Class

April 14  Psychic Development - Clairvoyance

April 21  Mediumship Development

April 28  Psychic Development - Psychometry using jewelry
The participant fee is $20.00 per class. Jayme can take cash or credit card. The classes are posted on her website:  jaymepsychicmedium.com and meetup.com (Jayme Pyschic Medium Development Classes). Anyone is welcome to ask questions about the classes through Jayme's email:  jaymepsychicmedium@gmail.com .
Easter Sunday Reflection

One of the most powerful examples of resurrection I have heard was a description of life coming back to the bars and bathhouses of San Francisco, after the devastation of HIV/AIDS in the community there. So much grief, so much loss, and yet the community emerged again and began to thrive. 

In Australia, the fires were raging for weeks. The heat was so intense in places that it scorched the earth at depth, destroying dormant seeds, which otherwise would sprout and grow quickly to replenish the lost vegetation. Yet, nature is powerful and resourceful. There will be a time of regrowth and regeneration. A new, changed landscape will emerge. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen. 

Now the world is in the grips of the Covid-19 virus. It may feel as though this situation will never end. We know that our God is bigger than any disease, and although life will have changed, and we may have lost some who are close to us, there will be a time when life blossoms once again. 

The sight of Jesus dying on the cross must have been catastrophic for his followers. They must have wondered if life would ever be the same again. It must have seemed so definite, so final, as his body was laid in the tomb and the heavy stone rolled into place, shrouding the body in darkness. 

The description of Jesus’ resurrection is the story of a miracle, the story of Divine power breaking through human hopelessness and finality. The women who first visited the tomb went there to mourn their loss and to carry out ritual for their dead teacher and friend. Instead they were witness to the power of God in the transformed and living Christ. 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5 NIV)

In our own lives, we are witness to the divine power of the resurrection at work - in the tenacity of the human spirit that found ways to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to find treatments. In the compassion of those who nurtured and cared for those affected. In those who were infected and affected, who used their experience of disease to live powerfully and truthfully. In today’s world, as we live under the shadow of the Covid-19 virus, we hear stories of kindness, compassion and bravery.  

Life for the first followers of Jesus was changed forever, because of his resurrection. We who follow him now, over 2000 years later, are also changed and we are being the light to those around us, who are living without hope. 


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
Portishead,
Somerset, UK

April Birthdays
Apr 02 - Troy Kilgore
Apr 08 - Sheri Campbell
Apr 09 - Rachel Carr
Apr 09 - Dusty Esparza
Apr 11 - Miguel Vasquez
Apr 20 - Amy Ashton
Apr 24 - Trish Scott
Apr 30 - Connie Maples

Streaming Worship - April 12, 2020
Easter Sunday

Opening Video- "Point Your Camera Toward Love"

Call To Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Reflection - "There is Only Love

Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-8

Time of Teaching: "Love Is Still the Answer"

Community Prayer

Time of Giving

Celebration of Holy Communion
"How Beautiful"

Closing Song - "Hallelujah: Your Love Makes Me Sing"

Benediction/Blessing


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