April 21, 2014


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Holy Week at Parkway

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holyweek2Join us for Holy Week Worship at Parkway UCC

  • April 13—Palm/Passion Sunday—9:30 & 11:00am(New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)
  • April 17—Maundy Thursday—7:00pm in the Gathering Space (west side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Good Friday Prayers—noon in the Historic Sanctuary (east side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Good Friday Service—7:00pm (New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)
  • April 18—Easter Prayer Vigil Begins—8:00pm details…
  • April 20—Easter Sunrise Service—6:00am (cemetery behind Historic Sanctuary)
  • April 20—Easter Worship—9:30 & 11:00am (New Sanctuary on west side of Ballas)

(Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids)

Prayer Vigil

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PRAYER VIGILEaster Prayer Vigil Good Friday through Easter Sunrise! Please sign up to be in prayer for at least one of the 36 hours at your home—not at church. PUCC Devotion materials are available in the Gathering Space or on our website (parkwayucc.org). There are a great deal of helps in the booklet-even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan now so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around. Sign-up on the poster in the Gathering Space or email kevin@parkwayucc.org with the hour(s) that you would be willing to be in prayer—as you can imagine, the hours from midnight to 6:00am are likely still available for both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Thank you.

April Schedule for Voices of Grace

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pucc_vog_christmasRehearsal Schedule for Voices of Grace

Sunday April 6th              10:45 a.m.      Regular rehearsal

Wednesday April 9th-      7:30 p.m. –      Rehearsal with Adult Choir

Sunday April 13th            10:45 a.m.  -   Regular rehearsal

Wednesday April 16th-     7:30 p.m. –    Rehearsal with Adult Choir

Friday April 18th (Good Friday) 

Sing at Good Friday service – Be there at 6:00 p.m.  

We are singing “Fall Slow Tears” by ourselves and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” with the Adult Choir.  This is coming up quickly- please be at all the rehearsals so we can be well-prepared!

We welcome all Middle School and High School youth to join Voices of Grace this season!  We meet for rehearsals every Sunday from 10:45 to 11:15.  Please contact info@parkwayucc.org for more information.

April 2014 Worship Notes

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religious_easter_wallpaper_backgroundApril 6 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion | Give-a-Meal

Scripture: Psalm 130; John 11:1-45

Sermon: With a Little Help from My Friends

Theme: The friendship of Mary-Martha-Lazarus-Jesus. What does this story tell us about Jesus’ personal relationships? How available and accessible are we to one another? What kind of friend are we? What other roles do we play with one another?


April 13 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Palm/Passion Sunday

Scripture: PALM – Matthew 2:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29;

PASSION—Psalm 31:9-16; Matthew 26:14-27:66 (selected verses)

Sermon: Cross Culture

Theme: The parade and excitement or Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday turns into the chaos and uncertainty of Holy Week. What does it mean to move toward the cross—yesterday and today?

What is God doing—trying to accomplish? What does Jesus say? How can we as disciples and a faith community follow Jesus even here toward the cross?


April 17 | 7:00pm | Maundy Thursday | Sanctuary, Gathering Space, Garden

Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Sermon: Dinner Table Conversation

Theme: We will extinguish the final candle in the Lenten Candles as we hear the story of Passover and as Jesus models servanthood by washing the disciples’ feet. We will take a look back at the “places” we have gone with Jesus (Lenten Candles) and have some discussion around the tables.


April 18 | 12:00pm | Historic Sanctuary | Good Friday

Scripture: steady, strong, formative scriptures that are bedrock

Theme: An opportunity for quiet reflection—guided by bulletin that has scripture, poetry, prose.


April 18 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary | Good Friday

Scripture: Passion readings

Sermon: Into the Darkness

Theme: recalling people/places of despair in Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospels… who? what happened? how did they survive? Israelites, Lazarus, Jonah, Good Samaritan, Esther, Prodigal Son, widow & 2 sons, Ps 138


April 20 | 6:00am | Cemetery | Communion | Easter Sunrise

Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; John 20:1-18

Sermon: The Face of Jesus

Theme: Mary meets Jesus in the cemetery, but she does not realize it is him at first…He calls her by name and she recognizes him. That is our job – to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet… and to reach out to them


April 20 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Communion | Easter

Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; John 20:1-18

Sermon: Where Do We Go From Here?

Theme: Mary is at the tomb—weeping because she feels lost—unsure of what is happening and where she should go. She goes to the disciples. They come back with her. They leave. She is alone again. She realizes Jesus is there in the garden with her. She runs back to tell the disciples again. Would she go back again to where she found Jesus? Where do we go from here—what do we do now? Jesus tells Mary what to do—“Do not hold on to me”, “Go to my brothers”, “Say to them…” What are some of the imperatives we hear from Jesus throughout his ministry? Which echo for us now?


April 27 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Children’s Choir from Crystal Lake, Chicago

Scripture: Psalm 16; John 20:19-31

Sermon: What A Difference A Week Makes

Theme: (Thomas) What happens between Sundays? How are we together when we are separate? We don’t all have the same information/experiences. How can we be there for one another? What do the other disciples feel about Thomas when he is unwilling/unable to believe what  they have witnessed and believe? What happens when Thomas and Jesus meet?

Choir Call for Easter

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 abstract_choirChoir Call

If you would like to sing with the choir but can’t come on a regular basis, please consider joining us for Holy Week and Easter. We will present special music on Palm Sunday (April 13), Good Friday (April 18), and Easter (April 20). We’ll rehearse this music on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm beginning April 2. If you’d like to sing with us, please contact Barbara Raedeke at Braedeke@aol.com, or simply come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings. You are most welcome!

A Journey of Faith: Lent 2014 Devotions

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iStock_000022579555_LargeMissouri Mid-South Conference Daily Prayers in Lent - A Journey of Faith 

Our Conference has been on a path of change lately, a path of questions and reformulations for the future. Sometimes that is the description of the faith journey through the forty days of Lent. Yet we travel through the days of Lent with growing expectation, because we know that at the end of those days we will arrive at Easter.

This Lent our MMS Conference invites everyone in the Conference to commit to praying daily as a Conference family: each of us lifting up our prayer as close to 12 noon as possible. A brief meditation based on a scripture verse along with a prayer will be provided for each day. Parkway is sending these each day of Lent via email. We also have hard copies, on a week to week to basis, in the Gathering Space on Sundays. Please join us, and our MMS Conference Family, with Daily Prayers in Lent.

Click on the links below to read the devotion.

Day 1: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Day 2: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Day 3: Friday, March 7, 2014

Day 4: Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day 5: Sunday, March 9, 2014

Day 6: Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 7: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 8: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 9: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Day 10: Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 11: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Day 12: Sunday, March 16, 2014

Day 13: Monday, March 17, 2014

Day 14: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Day 15: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day 16: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day 17: Friday, March 21, 2014

Day 18: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Day 19: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Day 20: Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 21: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 22: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day 23: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day 24: Friday, March 28, 2014

Day 25: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Day 26: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day 27: Monday, March 31, 2014

Day 28: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 29: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day 30: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day 31: Friday, April 4, 2014

Day 32: Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 33: Sunday, April 6, 2014

Day 34: Monday, April 7, 2014

Day 35: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 36: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 37: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 38: Friday, April 11, 2014

Day 39: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 40: Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

March 2014 Worship Notes

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March 2 Communion | Give-a-Meal Sunday
Scripture: Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9
Message: Staying Power
Theme: How are we affected when something BIG or little happens in front of us? How does a meaningful and memorable faith event stay with us or fade? How can we share our high and holy moments with each other?

March 5 | Ash Wednesday
Scripture: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Message: This is the Place
Theme: Tonight we will give thanks for places that have been a blessing for us in our individual faith journeys—and in our communal journey.

March 9 | Fair Trade Products | Chili & Brownie Cookoff
Scripture: Psalm 32; Matthew 4:1-11
Message: Alone Together
Theme: What does it mean to be alone? Why do we need alone time? What is the value and necessity of connectivity/community? When are we tempted to be rugged individuals or hide in the crowd?

March 16
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; John 3:1-17
Message: Blowing in the Wind
Theme: The Holy sends us/brings us to places we did not expect: “the wind blows where it chooses.”

March 23
Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; John 4:5-42
Message: Gushing Up
Theme: God can meet our thirsts. We can partner with God and meet others in their parched places.

March 30 | One Service @8:30am
Scripture: 1Samuel 16:12b-13a; Psalm 23
Message: Right Paths
Theme: Jesus Has Left the Building…We will follow him again!

This is the Place: Ash Wednesday Service

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Wednesday, March 5 | 7:00pm

Lent…the place and time to look at your spiritual practices and be more intentional about growing in your faith—individually and as a community. Tonight we will give thanks for places that have been a blessing for us in our individual faith journeys—and in our communal journey.

Ecumenical MLK Celebration

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)
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US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)Ecumenical MLK Celebration

Monday, January 20 |4:00pm | St Stanislaus
Every year on the third Monday of January we celebrate the life and achievements of a modern day prophet and martyr, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an important civil rights activist and a leader in the struggle to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the I Have A Dream speech. Dr. King was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.
To honor his work and memory, on January 20th at 4:00 pm, we will host an Ecumenical Martin Luther King Service with various religious and civil leaders from our city. After the service light refreshments will be served at the PolishheritageCenter. Please, join us on this first of its kind celebration at St. Stanislaus!

Job/Ministry Opportunity: Informal Worship Music Director

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Parkway United Church of Christ, a faithful and progressive, warm and inclusive congregation at Ballas & I-64/40 seeks a part-time (approx 8 hours/week) Music Director for our Informal Worship Service. If you feel that we could be a good fit for you and your gifts, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@parkwayucc.org by Friday, January 24th and we will send you a job summary. This is a great opportunity!