ASH WEDNESDAY TAIZE

Come to our Ash Wednesday Taize Worship Service on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 PM in Elim’s Chapel. The structure of our gathering is simple: scripture, chant like songs, quiet prayer, violin and guitar accompaniment, glowing candles, and the imposition of ashes. Join us as you begin your Lenten journey.

Older children are welcome to attend.

 

Mothering Prayer

Mothers of children
Mothers of adults
Mothers to ailing parents
Mothers in spirit
Mothers of creative works
Mothers to those in need
Mothers with empty wombs
Mothers whose arms ache to be filled with one who once was there
You life givers and life nurturers
You who hold the small essential things that make a world
You who are the sole witness to private stories unfolding
You who are the ground on which others find their footing
You who respond to cries of hunger, heartache, fear, or pain
You who shelter growing things
You whose most significant work is unseen
You bringers of tenderness and comfort
To mother is to make oneself vulnerable to loss
To give oneself wholly to something that has the guarantee of at least a measure of failure
To give birth to something beyond you, that doesn’t belong to you, that you can’t control
To engage in a work that reveals both your best and your worst
To surrender your time, your body, your rhythms, your resources
For the joy set before you


So Mothers,
May God the Life Giving Spirit be your source
May God be both witness and companion to all the unseen moments of your life
May God preserve you at your core when the needs of others threaten to wash you away
May God give grace as you seek to unwind the knot of both founded and unfounded guilt and enable you to bring healing in places where you have brought harm

May God give you courage at thresholds of change
May God make of your emptiness a wide and free place
May the One who holds all things together, assure you that divine arms surround all that is beyond your reach
And, When you lift up your eyes to see your life, may your joy be great.


by Mary Martin Wiens

Easter Worship

On Easter morning we will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. for worship at the Theodore Wirth Chalet in Minneapolis. Doors open at 9 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Christ's resurrection.

Please note: We will not be gathering for Sunday evening on Easter.

Moral Formation? No! Spiritual Formation! Yes!

"Substituting moral behavior for sin (vice) can be one of the most effective human solutions a Christian can use to avoid dealing with God (2)." What? No! Me? I do that? Well maybe...If this is true for us how can we then resist the trap of moralism as we engage in God's call "to be holy as God is holy"? Dr. John Coe from Biola's School of Theology writes on "Resisting the Temptation of Moral Formation" helping us to understand and (hopefully) keep the primacy of God's "loving Divine initiative" in our being formed in Christ.

Financial Peace University

This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the Financial Peace teaching team will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.

The nine week class begins on Tuesday, March 10th will be held at Edina Covenant Church in conjunction with The Table Covenant Church. The cost is $93.00.

Childcare will be offered for a modest cost.

In addition, there is also a $40 fee to cover additional materials, snacks, etc. that is payable to the instructor by the third class period. 

Here is a link for more information.

MIke and Dawn are graduates of the course if you want to hear a first hand testimony of its worth!