Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
March 31, 2020
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Worship Services are being streamed live.

Our thanks to everyone who tuned live stream worship experience last Sunday. 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 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"

We are hosting a game night online this coming Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 6:30PM.
(NOT an April Fool joke, this is for real)

Please email: amy.ashton1979@gmail.com and Amy know you would like to join us for Game Night. Amy will send you an email invitation with a link to join us.

You can use either a smart phone, tablet or computer with camera and you will need headset/earbuds with 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.

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 .
Slowing the Donkey’s Gait
A meditation on Palm Sunday
Matthew 21:1-17


I have always been moved by the hymn, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, which is sung in many English speaking churches on Palm Sunday .  Its text celebrates the role children played when Jesus’ entered Jerusalem on a donkey during the last week of his life.

Hosanna, loud hosanna,
the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple
the lovely anthem rang;
to Jesus, who had blessed them
close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises,
the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed
amid a cheering crowd,
the victor palm branch waving,
and chanting clear and loud.
the one whom angels worship
rode on in lowly state,
and glad to see the children,
Slowed down the donkey’s gait.

It was written in the 19th century by an English hymn writer, Jeannette Threlfall, who had been orphaned at an early age. Many of her hymns reflect on the role of children as pilgrims and in this Palm Sunday text she expands the role children played during Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem.

Matthew’s gospel mentions specifically that once Jesus gets to Jerusalem he goes to the temple to drive out the money changers and heal the sick. The chief priests and scribes get angry, not only because of the amazing things Jesus was doing, but also because they heard the children crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Their actions are a reminder that for centuries, those in power have abused and mistreated children through mass genocides, conscripting them as soldiers, or caging them at borders. In this story from Matthew Jesus confronts those in power by quoting Psalm 8:1, “Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself.”

Right up to the end, the children Jesus had blessed and pointed to as true examples of what it means to inhabit the realm of God, were prophetic in their knowledge of who he was. They could not be silenced. They shouted “hosanna” which means “salvation has come.” These children, whose praise and presence angered those in power, remind me of young people today who are speaking out against injustice. Young people like Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist on climate change and Janna Jihad Ayyad, a young journalist who has used her mother’s iPhone to document and post on social media the horrors of the apartheid system in Palestine. I want to encounter their passion in Holy Week. 

They prompt me, as the third verse of the hymn says, to make that ancient song mine. To sing it with all my power, with all my heart, life and voice…

"Hosanna in the highest!"
That ancient song is ours,
We hail our great Redeemer
and sing with all our powers;
"Hosanna, Christ, we praise you
with heart and life and voice.
Hosanna! In your presence
forever we'll rejoice!"

On this Palm Sunday, let us “slow the donkey’s gait” to see and celebrate the children in our midst who can, along with Jesus, teach us more that we can ever imagine about speaking truth to power.

Rev. Elder Mona West, Ph.D
Austin, Texas, USA

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 05, 2020
Palm Sunday

Opening Song - "Hosanna"

Call To Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Reflection - "There is Only Love

Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11

Time of Teaching: "TTF"

Community Prayer

Time of Giving

Celebration of Holy Communion

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

Benediction/Blessing

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