Observing Holy Week in 2014

For Christians the “High Holy Days” include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter; this is the peak observance and celebration of the entire year.

What do we observe? It is the dying and rising of Jesus. Everything else is secondary.

Maundy Thursday (April 17 at 7:00pm)

Remembrance and reenactment of the events of the Upper Room when Jesus and the disciples celebrate their last Passover meal. The physical signs are so important on this evening- the setting and sharing of the meal, the washing of the feet, and the gathering of the community. It is a time to celebrate the full community that belongs to the risen Christ.

It is in the Passover Seder that our Eucharistic celebration has its roots. This year Passover is especially significant as the Jewish Passover begins at sunset Monday April 14 of Holy week and ends after Easter, April 22. For your edification there are several similarities worth mentioning: both the Passover and the Christian Eucharist/Communion celebrate an exodus, are ritual meals, are memorial celebrations, and signify and strengthen community.

At the Passover Meal Jesus made two requests of his disciples one was the Breaking of bread and sharing of the Cup and the other was the washing of one another’s feet to show that he also served them and they are to serve others. So, our observance of Maundy Thursday will include – lighting of candles, readings, communion, and the washing of feet.

Good Friday April 18 at 6:30pm (Soup/bread) 7:00pm Labyrinth service of meditation.

This is the day of the cross. Yet, it is a day of prayer and reflection on our Lord’s death and the meaning it holds for us as a Christian community. The cross provides the ground where God and people can meet, the wondrous way in which Christ has given meaning to one’s death; where Christ’s victory is a triumph of light over darkness; And, when God’s love is revealed to us through forgiveness and grace.

Without entering into his death we cannot fully celebrate his resurrection. As disciples of the faith we too are called to participate in this remembrance as a way of strengthening our faith and trust in God.

To honor this day there will be a Labyrinth meditation service on Jesus’ death led by Laura Fothergill and Interim pastor, Monica Styron.

 

March 21 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
March 28 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 4 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 6 – CABARET returns!
April 8 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 17 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service7:00pm
April 18 – Labyrinth -Good Friday
April 20 – Easter Sunday
April 27 – Farewell Luncheon for Dr. Warren Broome, Minister of Music, 12:15 p.m.

 

Lenten Programs and Special Services

Save these important dates for the Season of Lent at RPC:

March 5 – Ash Wednesday, 6:30 soup/Bread; 7:00pm Service of Ashes
March 7-8 – DOOR Volunteer Opportunity- Fri 7:00pm Program Sat 8:30 Volunteering
March 14 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
March 15 – (Sat) Presentation regarding Affordable Health Care Act 10AM – 12noon
March 15 – Lenten home gathering at home of Kathy Stults. Theme: The Lord’s Prayer- comparing original Aramaic and English
March 21 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
March 28 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 4 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.

April 6 – CABARET RETURNS!

April 8 – ‘Saving Jesus’ video discussion at RPC Library, 7 p.m.
April 17 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:00pm
April 18 – Labyrinth -Good Friday
April 20 – Easter Sunday
April 27 – Farewell Luncheon for Dr. Warren Broome, Minister of Music, 12:15 p.m.

Note: Emmie and James Brown, and Vivian and John German will also hold Lenten gatherings, date and time TBA.

Lenten Video/Discussion Sessions: Fridays: Saving Jesus

March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11

7:00pm

Library

Refreshments

Kidnapped by the Christian Right, Discarded by the Secular Left, Jesus needs saving. An exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium. Join a host of leaders for a conversations around the relevance of Jesus for the 21st century.

(Includes:Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggermann,  Helen Prejean (portrayed in movie Dead Man Walking),  John Dominic Crossan, John Shelby Long, Diana Butler, James Forbes, Robin Meyers, Emillie Townes, Yvette Flunder, John Cobb,  Hans Küng, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine and many more.)

 

Healthcare and Health Insurance Discussion

Florida Blue

Saturday, March 15 10am-12noon, Herman Koch, representing Florida Blue, will be presenting information regarding the changes in Health Insurance that have occurred over the past few years.

He will also be available after the presentation to answer any questions.

This will prove to be informative and educational

You will *NOT* be approached to purchase insurance at this event.

Mission Service Event

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FRI/SAT, MARCH 7-8
RPC-DOOR MISSION SERVICE EVENT
Intergenerational Community Service Opportunity

You are invited to participate in a weekend of community service, learning, and spiritual reflection. Through a partnership with DOOR Miami (http://www.doornetwork.org), the confirmation class and members of RPC will put service and faith into action and learn about the diversity and needs of our urban community. Continue reading

Movie Night Dialogue on Faith, Family, Gender & Orientation

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We invite you to a Movie Night Dialogue on Faith, Family, Gender & Orientation featuring the 90-minute 2007 Sundance Grand Prize Nominee film!

Friday, February 28, 2014 7:00 PM
Church Sanctuary – Snacks and beverages provided

RSVP to Church Office 305-666-8586 by Monday, February 24!
Child care is available with RSVP*

Movie screening followed by dialogue & discussion facilitated by YES Institute. How do we reconcile traditional religious beliefs with who we are? How do our beliefs impact our relationships with other people? What inflammatory statements incite disagreement on gender and orientation?

Share this PDF with your friends:  For the Bible Tells Me So.PDF 

Job Opening: Director of Music at Riviera

Riviera Presbyterian Church
Director of Music (Organist/Piano)
 Job Description

RIVIERA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Intelligent, artistic, creative and thoughtful, challenging and spiritually moving are words used often to describe the worship experience at Riviera. At Sunday morning services, music, prayer, poetry, the bible, and the text of our daily lives are interwoven as we intentionally enter God’s presence through gathering in community, in order that we might be challenged, comforted, enriched and equipped to return to our service in daily tasks and living.  Continue reading