Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
February 25, 2020
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Ash Wednesday Services at Agape' MCC

Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00PM, St. Anne Orthodox Catholic Church
Wednesday February 26 at 7:00PM, Agape' MCC
Ash Wednesday is a central part marking the beginning of the season of Lent among many Christian groups. Lent is the time period of 40 days before Easter. The purpose of Lent is to draw people’s focus to prayer and renewal. The 40 days are representative of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness.

It's Coming...

Spring forward Sunday March 8th!

Wednesday, March 4th @ 6:30PM

Drumming Circle
Security Team Request from the Board of Directors

Our Security Team continues training with the Forest Hill Police Department. We are eternally grateful to our volunteers who work incredibly hard at keeping us safe.

We want to clarify Agape's policy regarding guns on our campus. We do not allow open carry. We do allow concealed carry as long as the weapon remains concealed while on our campus.

We would like to request that if you carry a concealed weapon to church and you would be interested in becoming part of a security response plan for an active shooter situation on campus, that you please notify our Security Team Lead, Lisa O'Grady. This information will remain confidential.

While we pray this situation never happens, it is unfortunate that we have to consider what to do in this type of scenario. Your cooperation is crucial to our Security Team's planning. Thank you.

Weekly Devotional by Rev. Teri Lubbers (10/21/2009)
"Joy at Sudden Disappointment"

Someone once asked a great sheikh what Sufism was: “The feeling of joy when sudden disappointment comes.” Don’t grieve for what doesn’t come. Some things that don’t happen keep disasters from happening. ~Rumi

Yesterday someone told me a story about their travels in Scotland. He was heading to the airport to catch his flight back home to Texas and had plenty of gas for the trip. What he hadn’t planned on was the 2-hour traffic delay he got stuck in. He ran out of gas. A kind soul gave him a lift to get some gas, he got back to his car, and finally arrived at the airport only to discover that they had just closed boarding for his international flight – even though the plane was still there! His first inclination was to feel frantic, upset, and distraught, wondering how and when he would be able to get home. But then he decided to just breathe and try to relax. In less than an hour another flight, which was about to depart, released a few open seats and he got one of them. It turns out that this new flight was a direct one and got him home sooner than the original one would have!

We have agendas that we try to impose (sometimes with force) on the unfolding of our days. We have plans. We have expectations. We have goals. We have stuff that just has to get done! But you can’t help but wonder how differently the day – and our very lives – might unfold if we left a little space for the guidance and working of Spirit. Sometimes God has mercy on us and messes with our plans. Sometimes God bulldozes down the barriers we have in place because God loves us so much. Sometimes God does for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Maybe we could consider leaving Spirit some wiggle room today.

Prayer: Beloved One, let me be content to be your follower today. Remind me that I don’t always have to be the line leader. Hush the anxious voices in my head that think they have to have all the answers. Help me be okay with the questions. I trust you to guide me today. Amen.
March Birthdays
Mar 03 - Zachary Roberts
Mar 06 - Melisa Price
Mar 13 - Chris Kalish
Mar 13 - Sebastian Lotz
Mar 15 - Rachel Cox 
Mar 16 - Joe Rice
Mar 22 - Kaitlynn Rose Wolfer-Stephens
Mar 25 - Sandra Hardin
Mar 29 - Denise LaRae
Order of Worship - March 1, 2020
"Lent 1"

The Gathering

Call to Worship: Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Welcome: "Oceans" Community

Words of Welcome and Time of Greeting: Rev. Robert Myers

Time with our Children: Trish Ashton

A Response: "This Little Light of Mine" Community

A Time for Meditation

The Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11 Carrie Wynn

Song of Response: "There is a Longing" Community

Time of Teaching: "Failure" Rev. Robert Myers

Centering Song: "Fill Me Now" Community

Community Prayer: Kevin Harkins

Response to the Prayer: "Fill Me Now" Community

Bringing Our Gifts: Trish Ashton

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. Robert Myers
"All Belong Here"

Song of Sending Forth:   “Feels Like Home”  Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. Robert Myers

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